Transfer news

Lukaku seeking loan exit

May 8, 2012
By ESPN staff

Romelu Lukaku has spoken of his disappointment about a lack of playing time at Chelsea and confirmed he is likely to go out on loan next season.

Romelu Lukaku has had limited opportunities at Chelsea this season
GettyImagesRomelu Lukaku has had limited opportunities at Chelsea

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Lukaku, who turns 19 this month, has made only six Premier League appearances - all as a substitute - since signing from Anderlecht last summer, and has not played at all since Roberto Di Matteo took charge of the club.

"I need to play more games," he said in De Standaard. "It has not been as I imagined at Chelsea. Both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo have stuck with experienced players.

"I haven't always agreed with their decisions, but as a player you have to accept the decisions of the coach. I don't have any regrets about joining Chelsea. I've learned a lot."

The Belgium striker has been linked with a loan switch to Werder Bremen next season as part of the Marko Marin deal, but his agent denied that was the case last month and it appears no decision has been taken on his next destination.

"Let's wait and see who is appointed Chelsea manager, but as it stands I'll be going out on loan," he said. "Playing games is the most important thing for my career right now and for that reason it's better to look at other places."

Asked if he would join another English club, he said: "I leave all options open. I know that I am capable of playing for a top club in Europe, but perhaps it is better that I take one step backwards now so I can then take two forwards.

"My aim is to gain experience and then return to Chelsea. I need to put myself back in the picture so I can play with the Red Devils (Belgian national team)."