Di Matteo hints at Chelsea return for Belgian striker

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Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that Chelsea have the option of recalling Romelu Lukaku from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion in January, reports Sky Sports.

The 19-year-old striker has impressed with some eye-catching displays at The Hawthorns, netting two Premier League goals since his arrival in August.

Lukaku delivered a superb performance and goal in yesterday's 2-1 defeat against Newcastle United at St James' Park, prompting rumours that Chelsea might be tempted to bring him back to Stamford Bridge early.

"There's an option in January for us," Di Matteo confirmed. "It's a one-year loan but we have a clause. He's had a good impact but we look forward to him starting a run of games and seeing him progress."

As Fernando Torres continues to flounder in west London, Chelsea have been linked with bids for a number of different strikers when the transfer window reopens in the New Year, but talk of new signings might be premature, if Lukaku continues to impress on loan with the Baggies.

"What happens in January happens in January. That's no concern of mine at this present time," said West Brom boss Steve Clarke, when quizzed about the Belgian international's future.

"Romelu has been a good substitute for us and he has been patient and every now and then you have to give him a chance to play."

After moving to Chelsea from Anderlecht in the summer of 2011, Lukaku found first-team opportunities limited during his first season with the Blues. And, after requesting more playing time, he was sent on loan to gain more Premier League experience, before being thrust into Di Matteo's senior side.

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