Lukaku: Use me or lose me

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Romelu Lukaku believes he needs more game time, and if he is unable to get that at Chelsea next season, will be keen to leave Stamford Bridge on loan.

The 18-year-old striker has been limited to cameo substitute appearances this campaign, featuring for only the seventh time in his first year in west London in last night's 4-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

The Belgian international joined Chelsea in an £18million deal from Anderlecht last summer, arriving in England with a burgeoning reputation as a leading star of the future.

But, after making rapid progress in his homeland, Lukaku admits it has been a frustrating period in his career, though he has no regrets about joining Chelsea.

"I need to play more games," he told Belgian newspaper De Standaard. "It has not been as I imagined at Chelsea. Both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo have stuck with experienced players.

"I haven't always agreed with their decisions but, as a player, you have to accept the decisions of the coach.

"I don't have any regrets about joining Chelsea. I've learned a lot. Let's wait and see who is appointed Chelsea manager but, as it stands, I'll be going out on loan.

"Playing games is the most important thing for my career right now and for that reason it's better to look at other places."

Lukaku has been linked with a move to Werder Bremen as part of the deal that is bringing Marko Marin to Chelsea this summer, but it is believed that the Blues would prefer the forward to gain experience of the Premier League.

Stoke City have expressed an interest in taking Lukaku on loan for a year, so that move could be an option.

"I leave all options open," added the Belgian. "I know that I am capable of playing for a top club in Europe, but perhaps it is better that I take one step backwards now so I can then take two forwards.

"My aim is to gain experience and then return to Chelsea. I need to put myself back in the picture so I can play with the Red Devils (Belgium national team)."

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