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Lukaku sets sights on England

January 17, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Highly-rated Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed he believes he is more likely to move to England than Spain.

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GettyImagesRomelu Lukaku appears eager to secure a move to Chelsea

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Lukaku, 17, is one of the most sought-after young talents on the continent and Chelsea and Real Madrid are believed to be at the head of the queue to sign the player.

"Chelsea and Arsenal tried to sign me when I was 13, 14," he told Goal.com. "Chelsea is my favourite team.

"I have always said it and I have never hidden it, but it is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to go there. There is also Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. These big five are very interesting. Tottenham are also a good club.

"As a young kid, you dream of playing in every big team. It is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to specifically go there.

"I will see. It is something for my father and agent. There are so many clubs and big teams. For a young player sometimes you have to relax for a while and focus on your own team. I'm very happy with the situation at Anderlecht. I have the support of the club and other players. It is my environment and I've grown up here."

Jose Mourinho has confirmed his interest in Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo described the player as "really fantastic", but it appears he could snub a move to the Bernabeu if there is firm interest from the Premier League.

"My father never talks to me about rumours," he said. "Of course, I admire Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid is a great club, but I see England as more likely than Spain.

"If I see the games and some action in the Premier League, with my qualities I think I can play there. I'm very fast, I'm very strong and I work a lot. If I train with players with more quality I can be better than I am here. I want to improve.

"My father was my hero when I was still a boy. I looked up to Cristiano Ronaldo and then it was always [Didier] Drogba. As I understand more and more about football I see the qualities I have and I can see myself in him [Drogba]. I have almost the same qualities and I want to follow in his footsteps."