Lukaku: I’m a master now

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Romelu Lukaku signed up for Chelsea as a youngster in his first at the club. The 18-year-old signing was brought to the club with a lot of expectations, but he never reached those heights.

However, moves to West Brom, Everton and Manchester United helped him develop his game.

But it was at Inter Milan under Antonio Conte that Lukaku will make his biggest mark, with 64 goals in 95 appearances for Inter, helping them to their first Scudetto in 11 years.

Ahead of his Chelsea debut against Arsenal, Lukaku has now revealed that he’s not that young striker anymore, but he has gotten better over time and shaped the areas of his game that needed it.

Big Rom said in an interview with the club’s official website: “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.”

Speaking on his conversation with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and how he plans to help the team, Lukaku said: “Yes, of course! The conversation was really clear from him, that he wants me to be a presence and a leader in the team. I have to just use all my abilities to make sure I can help the team as much as possible.

“My role will depend on what the game plan is and what the boss wants me to do. If he wants me to be a focal point or if he wants me to attack the spaces in behind, I can do it. The two years in Italy helped me master all the facets of the game for a striker and now I’m ready.

“I like the system that we play and I’m very flexible. I can play as a two or by myself and I’m used to the system because it’s what we play with the Belgian national team so I don’t need much time to adapt. It’s just knowing the strengths of my team-mates in important positions and knowing what we do off the ball, then I can do the rest.”

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