Chelsea loanee shuns 'birds, booze and clubs' in pursuit of glory

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed the secret behind his successful debut Premier League season, saying his decision to shun nightclubs, drink, and women, have kept him focused on his football, reports The Sun.

The 19-year-old Belgium international is enjoying a rich vein of form on loan with West Bromwich Albion, having scored 12 league goals for Steve Clarke's Baggies in the 2012/13 campaign.

Lukaku's fruitful spell at The Hawthorns has given his parent club Chelsea plenty of food for thought ahead of next season, with the former Anderlecht forward showing the sort of ability that makes him ready-made to step into the Blues first-team.

Interim manager Rafa Benitez opted against recalling Lukaku from West Brom in the January transfer window, choosing instead to keep faith with misfit Fernando Torres, whilst also completing the signing of Demba Ba from Newcastle United.

But, if Lukaku manages to maintain his impressive level of performances, then it won't be long before the big Belgian establishes himself at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking on a Belgian TV show, the shy striker spoke of his determination to stay out of trouble, and channel all his energies on improving his game to take it to the next level.

"I am always back at home," he reflected, when asked about his social life away from football. "I wake up at 8am the first thing I do is a prayer. Then I call my mum to ask if everything is OK.

"I ask her if she needs anything, then I call my dad. And then I go to training. I finish my training and then go home and call my parents again.

"Since I was 16, for example, the word 'carre' (a nightclub) at home was like something that came from the devil. I still remember when we were national champion with Anderlecht and the next day I had school. I said 'Papa, can I go to the disco?' He looked at me like... and I thought 'nope!'"

Lukaku also revealed that Chelsea have been in regular contact with him during his time in the Midlands, and offered advice and training tips on how to develop his game.

He remains calm about his immediate future, though, adding that he would be happy to spend another season out on loan, if he is unable to gain regular action in west London.

"They ask me how I'm doing. They tell me 'By next match, we want you to play like that or improve this.' They want to see me improve on some levels. For example, my play, my back towards the goal and they want me to be way more efficient.

"I just hope that I play a season as well as possible and then we will see what happens. I also need to think in function of the national team and not of myself. If I am on loan for another year, then good. That would not be a bad thing."


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