AVB: Lukaku Will Not Be Joining Chelsea

By on July 23, 2011

Chelsea boss Andrea Villa-Boas has confirmed the club are unlikely to move for Belgian wonderkid Romelu Lukaku.

The Anderlecht teenager was linked with a £20million move to the Premier League this summer with both Arsenal and Chelsea interested, but the new Blues boss has confirmed the club already have enough firepower.

However, the former Porto man spoke admirable about the 18-year old but believes a move for the Belgian could effect the balance within the squad.

“Lukaku had a magnificent season in Belgium,” he said.

“We are pondering every decision because we don’t want to go into the market and make mistakes.

“We have plenty of availability in terms of forwards who can play in different positions – with (Nicolas) Anelka, with (Salomon) Kalou, Didier, Torres and (Daniel) Sturridge.

“This is the reality at the moment of our squad. We need to find the correct balance and this is why pre-season is important.

“On that decision, to bring in another forward, at the moment I don’t think we will.”

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12 Comments

  1. Emmanuel

    July 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

    We need lukaku for the future. Drog and anelka possibly won’t be here next season.

  2. nicky

    July 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Idiot… where did you make this up?..

  3. aguneche

    July 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    we nid a strong squad nt jus team

  4. Alan Frank

    July 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

    We have enough fire power? Don’t make me laugh! Against a poor Pompey we had to rely on an own goal to struggle to a nil one win and against a very poor Malaysian 11 who had conceded 10 goals against Arsenal and Liverpool only the week before we struggled to a 0 1 win with a goal that maybe didn’t even cross the line! Sell Malouda, Kalou and Anelka to make way for Aguero, Johnson and Lukaku in the squad or we will be in trouble when the season starts!

  5. Dean Nasser

    July 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

    In a squad where there is only room for two players competing for every position and which plays 4-3-3 the article is right. We play one CF and this will be between Drog and Torres this season. See you at The Bridge, come on the Blues!!!

    EU R5 S70

  6. Ken-Kenyan gooner

    July 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Does that open up a window for Arsenal?. I doubt whether Wenger can pay that amount for any player leave alone an 18 year old. I even doubt whether we need more firepower when we have some loose ends in our defence to sort out.

  7. william i

    July 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    id rather have a smaller squad with lots of class players than to have a huge squad wih lots of hasbeens , time to let go of anelka zhirkov malouda kalou bosingwa fereira , to make way for top youngsters like aguero mata hazard turan ect , and sturridge should be givn the chance ahead of anelka kalou ect

  8. Dean Nasser

    July 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    It is good news for Chels that we aren’t buying then loaning him out. Indicates that we have already allocated our huge budget and no more is left for Lukaku buy and loan out, which would be only option if we bought him. Trust in AVB, he will buy good and big once his analysis of existing squad is complete.

  9. Dean Nasser

    July 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    For the record, I expect to see four/five senior squad signings this season, two/three of which to be at plus £40M.

  10. chelsea123

    July 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    how stupid is this manger we need lukaku he could be an important player someone tell avb he is making a mistake what an idiot now someother club will get him

  11. obino, 9ja

    July 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    if Avb do nt buy lukaku. There migt not be problems. But he wll buy himsef big problems if he dont sell anelka, bosingwa,farera. And i wonda why after buyin a better keeper in courtois, u loan hm out and retain medhocers in hilario and tunbul. Shame !!! Up cfc

  12. rodgers m jnr

    July 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Avb if u want 2 buy respect from us,buy player that will bring joy and put smiles on our faces.we ar tired of anelka and DD,there out of there big names.we need lukaku 4 our 2morows hapines.your job at chelsea is in your hands,plz do not lose it,if u want 2 best coch at chelsea sighn in prayers that are on the market.we dnt want disapointment at end of the day.dont do what you said about lukaku we need him..

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