Chelsea loan striker keen to avoid Stamford Bridge return

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On loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku says he has no intentions of returning to Stamford Bridge from his loan spell with West Brom in January.

Lukaku completed a temporary switch to the Hawthorns over the summer and has been a hit so far, scoring four times in 12 Premier League appearances to help Steve Clarke's side up to third place in the Premier League.

While the Baggies fly high, Chelsea have been struggling of late and are winless in the Premier League in over a month.

That plus their impending exit from the Champions League prompted owner Roman Abramovich to sack manager Roberto di Matteo last week, just six months after the Italian guided them to Champions League glory.

Chelsea's downturn in form can partly be credited to Fernando Torres' continued poor form. The Spaniard has continually failed to fire since joining from Liverpool for £50 million in 2010, prompting speculation Lukaku could be recalled to Stamford Bridge in the new year to help bolster their title charge.

However the Belgian forward, billed as 'new Didier Drogba' upon his arrival at Chelsea in 2011, has reiterated his desire to stay put for the remainder of the season in order to keep developing his game.

When asked about leaving in the January transfer window he said: "I don't think about the option. I am very happy to be here for one year," he told the Express and Star.

"Hopefully, this season will end very well and we will see what happens in the future.

After January, I am sure I will be at West Brom. I am very happy to know that in my head. 'Hopefully, I will do well for the rest of the season.'

The former Anderlecht striker added: 'I don't think things will change (after Benitez's appointment). I think he has his plans and I am happy with the team here.

'If I focus too much on Chelsea it wouldn't be good for me, so I will focus on being here.

'In my head, I am here for a year and it has to be clear I am here for a year and not for six months.'

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