Manchester City winger Jeremy Doku
Jeremy Doku joined Manchester City in a £55.5m deal this summer (AP)

Romelu Lukaku prevented Manchester City winger Jeremy Doku from joining Chelsea, according to Anderlecht’s academy director Jean Kindermans.

Doku joined City in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, arriving from Ligue 1 side Rennes in a £55.5 million deal.

The 21-year-old attracted widespread interest even during his time as an academy player at Anderlecht.

And Kindermans has revealed that he enlisted the help of Lukaku, who now plays alongside Doku for Belgium’s national team, to stop Chelsea’s advances.

‘I remember taking Romelu into my office about the problem of getting young players to commit to us, Doku in particular,’ Kindermans told the Sunday Mirror.

Romelu Lukaku and Jeremy Doku with Belgium's national team
Romelu Lukaku now plays alongside Jeremy Doku with Belgium’s national team (AFP via Getty)

‘Romelu replied, ‘Come on, pass your phone to me, I’m going to call him’.

‘But I didn’t want to do that because a phone call gets quickly forgotten. So, instead, I got Romelu to convince Jeremy to stay.

‘I still have the video on my phone. On it, you can hear Romelu giving advice to the Doku family, saying, ‘Hey, guys, stay with Anderlecht for a while, you’re good’, and so on.’

Doku his first-team debut for Anderlecht at the age of 16 in 2018 and just two years later he joined Rennes for €26m (£23.4m).

Lukaku, meanwhile, completed his loan move to Roma from Chelsea on the penultimate day of the summer window.

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