Romelu Lukaku returning to Chelsea next season with vow to prove his worth
Romelu Lukaku is determined to prove his worth at Chelsea next season after holding productive talks with Jose Mourinho.
Last Updated: 08/06/13 3:54pm
The 20-year-old scored 17 Premier League goals while on loan at West Bromwich Albion last term and previously said he would be open to staying at The Hawthorns for another year.
But a conversation with Mourinho has convinced the Belgium striker he can compete for a place with the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba and still fulfil his dream of going to next summer's World Cup finals.
"I always said my ambition was to play for Chelsea," said Lukaku, who cost £18m when he arrived from Anderlecht in August 2011.
"Now I will go back to Stamford Bridge and try and play even more games than I did at West Brom. If I can score a few early on, it can turn into a really good season for me.
"I have had a good conversation with Jose Mourinho, and I know it's up to me to show I'm worth a place.
"It is the World Cup next year, and I need to be playing. But if I don't get in the Chelsea team often enough, then I won't deserve to be in the national squad.
"I am not afraid of that. I am determined to succeed with Chelsea next season. I want to prove myself.
"People will compare me with Didier Drogba, and he was always my hero. But I am my own man, and I want to be known for what I do."
Lukaku told Sky Sports News he is excited by the prospect of working under Mourinho, saying: "For me it's been years waiting for this moment, and now the moment has come.
"it's up to us to do our best because he's coming back, he wants to win the Premier League title back and we are very hungry to win more things.
"We have the squad to do it and hopefully we can do it this year."