Time for some more on Romelu Lukaku's future, I suppose -- and it's as murky as its ever been. Here's agent Christophe Henrotay discussing his young charge's plans:
For the moment, Romelu belongs to Chelsea. He has two years left on his contract. It's going to depend on Chelsea. After that, we'll see together what the best options are if Chelsea decide to let him go. That they want to bring in a big-name striker has been well-documented.
But Chelsea need lots of great strikers. And if there are too many, they'll choose to allow Romelu to leave. But if they think there aren't enough forwards, perhaps Romelu will say, "I'm interested in prolonging the adventure." But it's still too soon.
If you're a regular reader, you'll have heard the heard the name Christophe Henrotay relatively recently -- that's because he also represents Thibaut Courtois. You'll also remember that Henrotay professes to have a great relationship with Chelsea, which can only be a good thing in this case.
I don't think anyone seriously believes that Lukaku is ready to be a number one striker for a team with designs on both the Premier League and Champions League titles, but he's obviously ready to contribute immediately. The club is flush with cash from the Juan Mata and Kevin de Bruyne sales, and we don't need to sell Lukaku to fund the purchase of a centre forward. So why not keep him around? He'd get plenty of time as our number two striker, he'd provide an immediate attacking threat off the bench, and his muscular style will help disrupt defences intent on packing the area. If Lukaku's cool with staying, we should keep him.
But obviously, that depends on Lukaku.