Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku has finally commented on his future at the club, and has praised boss Jose Mourinho.
Lukaku has been on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton over the last two seasons, scoring 32 league goals, and is now ready to answer Chelsea’s calls for a consistent goalscorer.
The Belgian, who will appear at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, looked to have fallen out with Mourinho at the start of the season as he left for another loan spell to secure first-team football.
It has remained unclear until this point where Lukaku felt his playing future lay, but has committed his short-term career to Chelsea.
"It would be nice to get clarity beforehand, but that will not happen, so I'm completely focused on the World Cup," Lukaku told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
"You know, I still have a two-year contract at the biggest club in England, because that's Chelsea. So I still hope to play there. Chelsea have a good coach."
Lukaku will look to put right the club’s shortcomings in the striking department last season, where Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba all struggled to consistently score the goals Chelsea needed for a shot at silverware.
But with the return of Lukaku and the seemingly inevitable arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, Chelsea all of a sudden look to hold one of the strongest attacks in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old will also be looking to kick-start his Chelsea career with a return to Champions League football, something he has missed out on during his loans spells.
For Chelsea, the news comes as if it were a new signing, with Jose Mourinho having to build on a season that showed much promise, but eventually ended trophyless.