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Lukaku eyeing European football

15 May 2013 17:21

Romelu Lukaku has set his sights on a move to a side in Europe next season after spending the current campaign on loan at West Brom.

The Belgium international has struck 14 times in 34 Premier League outings during his time at the Hawthorns on loan from Chelsea, and West Brom will hope to secure an eighth-placed finish in the league with a win against Manchester United on Sunday.

Steve Clarke's side have sat as high as third this term, but have dropped out of European contention, leaving Lukaku looking elsewhere as he looks to make his mark in continental competition.

Lukaku has not ruled out featuring for parent club Chelsea next season, but has previously claimed he would be happy to spend another year away from Stamford Bridge.

"I want to join a club that plays European football," the striker told Studio Brussel. "I am very satisfied with my performances this term, but I want to do even better next season. I want to take a step up from West Bromwich.

"I will definitely be with Chelsea during pre-season. We will have to see what's the best solution after that. I was used to playing European football back at Anderlecht and want to have that feeling again."

West Brom captain Chris Brunt is hopeful of hanging onto Lukaku, however, and believes the Midlands outfit could make another assault on the top six next season with the 20-year-old in their attack.

"If we can keep the squad together, make a few additions like we did last season, and hopefully hold on to Rom, there is no reason why we can’t improve again next season," said Brunt.

"It would be quite difficult for us to replace his goals next season."

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