Lukaku desperate for Champions League football

The striker, on loan from Chelsea, has scored nine goals as Everton look to finish in the top four for the first time in nine years, but feels his future lies at Stamford Bridge
Romelu Lukaku has revealed a burning desire to play in the Champions League as soon as possible.

The Chelsea striker is currently enjoying a season-long loan spell at Everton, with the Merseyside outfit challenging the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool for a top-four finish.

9/1 Everton are 9/1 with bet365 to finish in the top four
Lukaku, though, belives his future lies with Chelsea - who currently lead the Premier League standings - and, most importantly, in the Champions League.

"I'm turning 21, I've been a professional for five years already. It is time," he told Het Laatste Nieuws.

"It is high time that I play in the Champions League. It is the next step I need in my development. Full stop.

"Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were experienced already at that level when they were just 23-24 years old. I want to play Champions League football now. I must now show I'm ready for it.

"I still have two years on my contract and I know Chelsea follow my development. In the end it depends on what the manager thinks about me."

Despite setting his sights on making an impact at Stamford Bridge, Lukaku is still adamant that another loan move after his West Brom success - where is scored 17 goals - was essential to his development.

He continued: "After the season I had at West Brom, it was important that as a young player I kept developing. That means to play.

"To me there is a difference between playing in 20 or 45 matches a season and scoring 10 or 20 goals. Mourinho eventually understood that.

"If I can be better than I was last season, what is then holding me back? Then it will be time to play Champions League football, which is what I want to do."