The 19-year-old insists that he "must play" first-team football in 2012-13 and is unwilling to seek it abroad, with Fulham known to be interested in a temporary deal
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is adamant that he would only accept a loan move away from Stamford Bridge if it were to another Premier League club.
The 19-year-old is the subject of an approach from Fulham over such a temporary deal with a season-long switch abroad not an option for the youngster, who has insisted that he "must play" first-team football in 2012-13.
"I did not sign for Chelsea to go into another championship," the Belgium international warned his club while speaking to the media.
Lukaku moved to Stamford Bridge last summer and made 12 appearances without scoring in his debut campaign, but has been impressive in preseason. He previously declared his desire to represent the club throughout his whole career.
"What I learned last season was positive. Training with great players improves you," Lukaku said. "Now I must play. In a few weeks we'll see what happens."
The Blues spent 18 million pounds to bring Lukaku to London from Anderlecht in 2011.