Chelsea new boy looking to make his mark

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Romelu Lukaku will not be fazed by the competition he faces in establishing himself in the Chelsea first-team, according to Anderlecht director David Steegens ahead of the player's proposed £18 million move to Stamford Bridge.

The 18-year-old Belgian international is widely regarded as a star of the future, but that doesn't mean the talented striker will walk into the Blues starting line-up, as he vies for a place in manager Andre Villas-Boas' side.

With the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge, Salomon Kalou, and Didier Drogba - who Lukaku regards as his boyhood hero, providing direct competition in Chelsea's forward line, Steegens suggests his star turn will not be intimidated by their reputations.

"He will respect everyone there and he is willing to learn," he said. "But he will take his chance.

"If he plays instead of Didier Drogba - his hero - or Fernando Torres, he won't be looking over his shoulder."


Steegens also revealed how Lukaku lives and breathes the game he plays, calling him a football fanatic - whose five-year deal with Chelsea is a deserving reward for all his commitment and hard work.

"I come to England a lot to watch matches and I always took Romelu back football books," said Steegens. "He would devour them - he loves them.

"He is totally obsessed with football. He subscribes to Chelsea TV, Manchester United TV and Real Madrid TV."

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