Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku wants crunch talks with the club and manager Jose Mourinho before committing himself to a new deal, reports suggest.
Speculation earlier this week has suggested that the Blues are keen to tie Lukaku down to a contract extension, yet The Daily Mail further claim that the Belgian international is seeking assurances over what role he will play at Stamford Bridge
With the 21-year-old having proved his talent during two impressive loan spells with West Brom and Everton in the Premier League, it is perfectly understandable that Lukaku may now deem himself more than worthy of a permanent place in Chelsea's first-team squad.
When you consider that all of his fellow Chelsea strikers - Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o - have somewhat flattered to deceive during a trophyless 2013/14 campaign, it becomes all the more baffling that former Anderlecht starlet Lukaku was allowed to move to Goodison Park last summer.
Mourinho's decision to allow the player to join The Toffees certainly proved to be to Roberto Martinez's considerable gain, with Lukaku having impressed with a keen eye for goal and a number of formidable attacking displays on Merseyside.
Whether Lukaku will receive the assurances he is looking for is not clear, with it still proving somewhat of a mystery just whether or not Mourinho intends to afford him the opportunity to stake a claim for a regular starting berth at Chelsea.
If he doesn't, then there appears to be no shortage of outside interest in his services. Among several of his potential suitors could be La Liga title contenders and Champions League semi-finalists Atletico Madrid, with some sources suggesting that Chelsea had offered the £25 million-rated player to Los Rojiblancos as part of a potential swap deal for Diego Costa.
If Lukaku ultimately decides not to sign a new deal in West London, then Chelsea may need to consider selling him soon in order to get the best possible price with his current contract set to expire in 2016.
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