Anderlecht starlet staying put

Chelsea target Lukaku to finish education in Belgium

Lukaku: Staying put

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Anderlecht insist that starlet Romelu Lukaku remains committed to staying with them until he is 18.

Chelsea have been leading the chase for Lukaku since before he even made his debut for Anderlecht at the start of last year when he was 16.

Anderlecht, and his father Roger - a former player who also represents him - have stated for the last 12 months that Lukaku would not be moving until he finished his education next year.

Chelsea, though, have not let up in their interest and pictures on Facebook confirmed that Lukaku had already visited Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.

Didier Drogba, who Lukaku has been likened too, has even made contact with the 17-year-old in order to convince him his future is best served at Chelsea.

But whilst Chelsea remain intensely keen, Anderlecht insist nothing will be happening with their prized asset until next year at the earliest.

"We have a very good relationship with Romelu's father, and he is as keen as we are for him to finish his schooling here," Anderlecht's general manager Herman van Holsbeech told the Daily Mail.

"He has another year to go, and that is another reason why we have no intention of selling him this summer.

"All parties agree it is in his best interests to continue as an Anderlecht player next season."

Lukaku has 18 months left on his current contract at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadion, but Belgian sources are convinced that Chelsea have already struck a deal with Anderlecht.