Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku said on Monday that he believes he is now a “complete” striker following his spell at Inter as the club’s record signing settles back into life at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku resigned for Chelsea in a £98 million ($135 million) move from Inter Milan last week after having been sold seasons prior for much less.
The 28-year-old was unavailable for Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener on Saturday with technicalities of his move being ironed out and completed.
However, Lukaku could very well make his second debut on Sunday, in their trip to Arsenal. The Belgium forward is keen to impress and show just how much he has improved since the last time he donned the blue shirt.
A decade after arriving in west London as an unknown teenager, Lukaku returns as one of the world’s top striking talents.
“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,” Lukaku told Chelsea’s official website.
“I just want to try to help the team win and be available for the manager as well as for my teammates.
“I want to make sure that they feel comfortable and they can lean on me in whatever situation we’re in.
“The two years in Italy helped me master all the facets of the game for a striker and now I’m ready.”
Lukaku fired 27 goals and laid on 11 assists last term as Inter stormed to the Serie A title. He is most keen to impress new manager Thomas Tuchel and prove his versatility as well.
“The conversation was really clear from him, that he wants me to be a presence and a leader in the team,”Lukaku told Chelsea’s official website.
“If he wants me to be a focal point or if he wants me to attack the spaces in behind, I can do it.
“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.”
He also admitted that he keeps in regular contact with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba & constantly leans on him for support and advice.
“Our relationship means the world to me. It’s not like we talk once a month, I talk to the guy every few days!” Lukaku said.
“We have a group chat so we’re constantly communicating and I’ve been on the phone with him a bit more in the past two weeks.
“I had a lot of questions to ask and he still knows a lot of people here so he really prepared me well with the last details.”
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