Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was disappointed to miss out on a nomination for this season’s PFA Young Player of the Year award - but remains determined to win the coveted individual accolade, which was claimed by his teammate Eden Hazard on Sunday, in the near future.
The ambitious Belgium international, who has spent the season on loan at Everton, also wants to win the main PFA Player of the Year award at the same time.
Lukaku was nominated for the Young Player of the Year award last season after scoring 17 goals in 35 Premier League goals during a season-long loan with West Brom. But he was overlooked for the accolade this time around, despite netting 13 league goals in 28 appearances for the Toffees, much to his frustration.
"I'm disappointed that I was not among the nominees for the PFA awards," he told Het Nieuwsblad. "But that's football.
"Next year I want to be on the shortlist again, and then I aim to be Player of the Year. I want to go for the double."
Lukaku has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with some reports claiming the 20-year-old’s relationship with Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho has broken down. However, the powerful 6ft 3in striker believes Chelsea are pleased with his development.
"We'll see at the end of the season,” Lukaku responded when asked about where he’ll be playing his football next term. “I’m focusing on my performances at Everton.
"I still have a contract until 2016 at Chelsea and I think they're happy about the way I'm developing.
"They have the last word, so we shall see what's happening next."
Chelsea are expected to spend big on a new striker this summer - with Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa widely expected to sign for the Blues - which would leave Lukaku’s chances of securing a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge in severe doubt.
Arsenal reportedly have an interested in the Belgian, while many other top European clubs would be keen to purchase the youngster this summer if Mourinho puts him up for sale.