Roberto Martinez has made it clear that he sees no prospect whatsoever of Chelsea being prepared to consider making Romelu Lukaku's loan deal to Goodison Park permanent. The young Belgian striker has proven to be a big hit for the Toffees, even though his early-season spurt of goals appears to have dried up somewhat. That said, Blues' boss Jose Mourinho would probably be prepared to swop him for any of the misfiring trio he has at the cutting edge of his current line up.
The reasons for Lukaku going out on loan this season, just when he appeared primed and ready to launch his Stamford Bridge career, remain shrouded in smoke and mirrors. Whatever the reasons however, the young striker decamped to Goodison Park and Chelsea brought in Samuel Eto'o on a short term contract to fill the gap. As early season form progressed, it was a move that had many Chelsea fans scratching their heads at the logic of the deal as Lukaku rattled in a series of goals and dominating performances, whilst the strikers remaining at the Bridge misfired badly.
Martinez would probably love to keep the Belgian at Everton on a full time basis, but the finances at the club would probably preclude a realistic bid, even if Chelsea were prepared to talk about a deal. All that seems to have gone out of the window now however. Despite rumours of a lack of contact between the player and his parent club, it seems that Mourinho is convinced that Lukaku has a future at Chelsea and will welcome him back to the club in the summer.
In Mourinho's first tenure at Stamford Bridge, he was quick to bring Didier Drogba on board as his 'indenti-kit' striker, and Lukaku very much in the same mould, strong with pace and and a determined leader of the line. For all the success that Chelsea have had in the season to date, having a striker such as Lukaku in the team could make all of the difference. It seems to be a problem that Mourinho is keen to resolve for next season.
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