Chelsea outcast: I'm ready for Champions League football

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Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku has insisted that he's ready to play Champions League football for Chelsea, reports The Express

The Belgian ace is currently on loan at Everton and has impressed for the Merseyside outfit this season. 

Lukaku, who is currently out with an injury, has struck nine Premier League goals for the Toffees this season, and now he believes that the time has come to show what he can do in Europe's elite competition. 

Lukaku told reporters: "I'm turning 21, I've been a professional for five years already. It is time.

"It is high time that I play in the Champions League. It is the next step I need in my development. Full stop.

"Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were experienced already at that level when they were just 23-24 years old. I want to play Champions League football now. I must now show I'm ready for it.

Lukaku still believes he has a future at Chelsea and is hoping to further impress Jose Mourinho for the remainder of the season. 

He continued by saying: "I still have two years on my contract and I know Chelsea follow my development. In the end it depends on what the manager thinks about me."

"After the season I had at West Brom (where he scored 17 Premier League goals), it was important that as a young player I kept developing. That means to play.

"To me there is difference between playing in 20 or 45 matches a season and scoring 10 or 20 goals. Mourinho eventually understood that.

"If I can be better than I was last season, what is then holding me back? Then it will be time to play Champions League football, which is what I want to do."

Lukaku may be keeping a keen eye on Premier League action tonight as his former club West Brom are in action against his parent club Chelsea at the Hawthorns.

Jose Mourinho's side will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points with a win against the Baggies. 

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