'It will be nice': £27m PL striker is really wants Chelsea to sign Lukaku

Crystal Palace centre-forward Christian Benteke admitted he couldn’t wait to face Chelsea-bound Romelu Lukaku once again.

Speaking to Sky Sports (reposted by Football Daily), Benteke was excited to play against his Belgian international teammate in the Premier League this season.

Lukaku is on the verge of a club-record transfer back to Stamford Bridge, six years after he left to join Everton.

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His return will signal a massive shift in direction for the Blues, who have been attempting to sign a striker all summer.

All that’s left is to officially announce the attacker’s arrival and the deal is done.

Benteke’s love for Lukaku

In anticipation of Lukaku’s induction, Benteke was looking forward to the challenge his compatriot is set to provide.

“I remember back in the days we used to battle each other when he was at West Brom and I was at Villa, then he went to Everton,” the £27 million striker said (BBC Sport).

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“It was nice to compete against him because I like him as a person and as a player as well. It will be nice if he is back.”

Benteke and Lukaku have shared a senior Belgium dressing room for just over a decade.

This most recently included the pair being part of their country’s European Championship squad.

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Their domestic battles have gone on for virtually the same length of time.

Following Lukaku’s original move to Chelsea in 2011, Benteke joined Aston Villa a year later.

The former moved on to Everton and then Manchester United, whilst the latter left for Liverpool and then Palace.

It shouldn’t be long before the two friends will be fighting one another for footballing superiority.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.