Romelu Lukaku insists Saturday’s game will be between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham – not a personal grudge match involving himself and Andre Villas-Boas.
It will be Villa-Boas’ first home game in charge of Spurs. He spent an unsuccessful period in charge of Chelsea last season before his dismissal following a defeat to Albion in March.
Lukaku moved to Chelsea in a deal worth a potential £18 million last summer but made just six Premier League appearances under Villas-Boas.
His only League start came in Chelsea’s final game of the season, by which point Roberto Di Matteo had taken over. But Lukaku, on a season-long loan spell with Albion, claims he has nothing to prove.
“This is West Bromwich Albion playing Tottenham, not me playing Andre Villas-Boas,” he said. “I don’t really look at Andre Villas-Boas and wonder what he is thinking.
“He is in a new job now and hopefully he can do well with that club but we go there hoping to get a result this week.
“I know about the rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham, which is obviously important to those supporters. But the only thing I care about is getting three points for West Bromwich. We have to prepare ourselves and be ready for Saturday. We have to make profit from any negative points that Tottenham have.”
Lukaku claims last season was part of his learning process.
“What happened last year was very much last year. I don’t think there is any player in the world who hasn’t had downs as well as ups.
“I learned a lot of good things from Chelsea. Now I’m here to learn at West Bromwich Albion and to become a better player.”