EPL: Romelu Lukaku joins Chelsea

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Romelu Lukaku
London, Aug 19: English Football club, Chelsea have signed of Belgium's Romelu Lukaku from Anderlecht. While there has been no official word on the signing fee, media reports estimate it to be around 22 million pounds.

The 18-year-old Lukaku has been a revelation for his former side for whom he scored 16 goals in 37 games in the 2010 season. That apart he has also made 10 appearances for his national side, scoring twice.

The striker was quoted by the club's official website as saying, "It's a dream come true. I dreamed to play here since I was 10 years old, thinking about shaking hands with all those players like John Terry and Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, it's amazing to arrive here in a big club with big ambition. It was just what I was searching for."

And added, "It was a good experience to play in Belgium but I wanted to take a big step to join a big club and I said from day one that I wanted to go to Chelsea."

He further stated, "To be here now is so good. There are guys with a lot of experience at international level and they [have] won everything, but I [have not], I don't have the same feeling as them. I just want to win something so I am very hungry to start with these guys."

Aware of the high expectations that comes with being a member of the high profile club, Lukaku remained hopeful that he will adapt to the Premier League quickly. He said, "I understand there is a lot of pressure on the team but with the players that we have, so much experience and so much talent, and with a great boss also, you can see that we can be confident we can make a successful season."

And added, "First of all I just want to learn and train as much as possible to improve myself and show the coach that when he needs me I am ready. Then I hope to make minutes for the team and be helpful for the team, because the team is the most important thing. If you think positively about the team it will be positive for you."

The teenage striker is available for selection for the Aug 20 game against West Brom and will wear the No.18 shirt for the Blues this season.

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