by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Romelu Lukaku, recently moved from Chelsea to West Brom on a one-year loan deal, and has revealed how Roberto Di Matteo, Eddie Newton and Steve Clarke, convinced him to make the choice.
“Since the first day I spoke to Chelsea about going out on loan, I’ve spoken to the gaffer here a lot,” he told the club’s official website. “He [Clarke] was the first person who contacted me and that means a lot.
“He’s been speaking to me every week since – even when I was in America with Chelsea – asking me about my situation.
“When you have a gaffer like that who has a desire to bring you to his club, as a young man, you feel confident to make the step into the unknown, because I don’t know the Birmingham area that well.
“But I believe that will be good for my development as a young man and I’m very happy to be here.”
The 19-year-old Belgian, said Chelsea boss Di Matteo and his assistant Newton, who were both coaches at West Brom too, advised him to make the move.
“I heard lots of positives about the club from Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton,” he added. “They really convinced me to come here.
“Frank Lampard and John Terry also spoke highly about the gaffer.
“When you get that advice as a young player, you listen, and hopefully this is a good step for my career.”