The Anderlecht striker has been a target for the London club for the past three years, but Belgian law prevented the teenager from signing then for Chelsea until he was 18 years old.
Belgian national coach, Georges Leekens commenting on the imminent move of the player to Chelsea, said; “Romelu Lukaku is a true ambassador of Belgian football. It’s a win-win situation. He has a brilliant future. But playing at a top club brings responsibilities. He will need to adapt. But I am certain that he’ll manage. He has handled the pressure of these last few days well and he behaved like a deserving ambassador of Belgian football and Anderlecht.”
Having undergone a medical exam on Monday, the player returned home yesterday to train with the national team. The Diables Rouges will get on a plane to Slovenia where they will play a friendly tonight.
However, it is unlikely that Lukaku will play at the weekend as paperwork needs to be finalised before the opening matches of the Premier League, with Chelsea playing a difficult game away at Stoke on Saturday.