Lukaku expects West Brom stay
By Football News
Romelu Lukaku expects to stay on loan with West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the season rather than return to Chelsea in January.
Rafa Benitez is short of options up front, with Fernando Torres out of form and Daniel Sturridge injured.
Chelsea are able to activate a clause during the transfer window which would bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
But the 19-year-old striker, who has scored four goals in 11 English Premier League appearances for West Brom, expects to stay at the Hawthorns until May and – despite playing second fiddle behind the club's leading goalscorer Shane Long – is happy for that to be the case.
"I don't think about the option," Lukaku told the Wolverhampton Express and Star. "I am very happy to be here for one year.
"After January, I am sure I will be at West Brom. I am very happy to know that in my head. Hopefully, I will do well for the rest of the season.
"I don't think things will change (after Benitez's appointment). I think he has his plans and I am happy with the team here.
"If I focus too much on Chelsea it wouldn't be good for me, so I will focus on being here. In my head, I am here for a year and it has to be clear I am here for a year and not for six months."