Lukaku opens up Chelsea return

Romelu Lukaku has expressed his happiness and excitement after returning to Chelsea for a club record fee of £97.5m from Inter Milan. The Belgian was unable to play against Crystal Palace due to quarantine rules, but will be available for the derby against Arsenal on Sunday.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website Lukaku said he is more complete when compared to the youngster he was when he signed for the club in 2011. He added “I just feel more complete. I’ve tried to master all the facets that a striker needs and I just want to keep improving on the small details all the time and keep improving on my strengths as well.”

I just want to try to help the team win and be available for the manager as well as for my team-mates. I want to make sure that they feel comfortable and they can lean on me in whatever situation we’re in.”

Lukaku joins a fairly young team at Chelsea when compared to his title winning team at Inter Milan, but the Belgian insists the team can rely on him. The forward added “I’m a leader but I’m also more of a gel person, making sure that everybody feels comfortable and confident. That’s the way I lead. When I was at Inter and when I’ve been captain of the national team, I make sure that everybody is confident and knows what they have to do.”

When there’s a difficult moment in the game, they can lean on me and I’ll always be encouraging my team-mates, never being down on them or barking at them. I try to stay positive and make sure that we win the game because that’s always the most important thing.”

On asked about his discussion with Thomas Tuchel, Lukaku said “The conversation was really clear from him, that he wants me to be a presence and a leader in the team. I have to just use all my abilities to make sure I can help the team as much as possible.”

My role will depend on what the game plan is and what the boss wants me to do. If he wants me to be a focal point or if he wants me to attack the spaces in behind, I can do it. The two years in Italy helped me master all the facets of the game for a striker and now I’m ready.”

I like the system that we play and I’m very flexible. I can play as a two or by myself and I’m used to the system because it’s what we play with the Belgian national team so I don’t need much time to adapt. It’s just knowing the strengths of my team-mates in important positions and knowing what we do off the ball, then I can do the rest.”

The Belgian admitted his previous experience with Premier League will help him get adjusted quickly to the demands of the league. “It’s not like I’m a new player coming in and not quite knowing what to expect. I know the league, I’ve scored a fair amount of goals here but the past is the past and now we have to look forward.”

I’m a new version of that player from before. I’ve evolved and the team that I’m joining is a very strong team so now we just have to prove it on the pitch by challenging for the Premier League.”

On asked about his preparations for the Arsenal game, Lukaku said “I’m ready so it’s just about getting into the team and trying to prove myself to the coaches that if I’m needed, I can play. We all have to compete throughout the week to earn our starting spot.”

For me it’s going to be a new fight but we’re all fighting for one cause – to make sure that Chelsea win! I’ll make sure that in training I give 100 per cent every day and make sure that I’m ready for each game.”

I’m happy the first one is a big game away at Arsenal so hopefully we can prepare ourselves well and get a good result.”

Source: Chelsea FC

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