The Belgian international has also revealed that he is ready to play when the Blues take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend
Romelu Lukaku has confirmed he will be Chelsea’s new number 9 after Tammy Abraham moved to Roma.
Lukaku initially got the number 18 jersey when he returned to Stamford Bridge from Inter last week, but has now inherited Abraham’s number after the English striker’s permanent move to Stadio Olimpico.
The 28-year-old was able to make his first outing in the new shirt when Chelsea take the short distance to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to tackle Arsenal, having already been integrated into full training with Thomas Tuchel’s team at the start of the week. .
What was said?
“Can I say that? Yes, I have the number 9. I am happy and fortunate to be in this situation,” Lukaku said at a press conference.
The Belgian added about the challenge of facing Arsenal in his first game at Chelsea: ‘They are rebuilding, and at the end of the day I just look at my team and focus on what we have .
“It’s going to be a tough game, but we’ll prepare for a fight.”
Asked if he was ready to start against the Gunners, Lukaku replied: “I trained. I did a full preseason.
“Now I’m trying to improve my teammates, and I’m available if the coach wants me to play.
Lukaku reveals Drogba’s advice
Lukaku further revealed that he was in contact with former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba, who urged him to keep improving after his impressive two-year spell at Serie A with Inter.
“He was very pleased with the improvements I made over the last few seasons,” the striker said of his talks with the Blues legend. ‘But he says there is always more work to be done; it’s all about improvement, week in, week out.
“Now I get the chance to join a team that is very hungry and very ambitious. It’s good to be back. You’re fighting to achieve your dreams. I’m here now and I can not wait to get on the “It’s time to get started and let my performance speak for itself.”
Lukaku’s Premier League record
Lukaku only scored 10 Premier League games in his first season at Chelsea but was unable to score, but did borrow 17 in 35 trips to West Brom before joining Everton in 2014.
The former Inter star has scored 68 goals in 141 trips to the Toffees, sparking interest in Manchester United in the process, and he eventually moved to Old Trafford for £ 74 million in the summer of 2017.
Lukaku played in 66 Premier League matches for the Red Devils and found the net on 28 occasions before being sent to Inter.