Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has heaped praise upon Anderlecht sensation Romelu Lukaku and urged him to make sure his future remains his choice.
The 17-year-old has been linked with a host of top European clubs, including Premier League teams, after impressing in the Belgian league.
English sides Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have been joined by Barcelona and Real Madrid in the chase but it seems Lukaku favours a move to Stamford Bridge.
He was pictured in the summer wearing a Chelsea shirt after being given a tour of the club’s ground and, after Tottenham declared their interest recently, his agent intimated that he has already agreed to sign with Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Spurs allegedly had a £17 million offer for the Belgian rejected in the last transfer window, with Harry Redknapp’s side reported to be the latest club interested.
And Ronaldo, whose former side Manchester United are also one of the front-runners for his signature, has drawn parallels with his own decision to move to Old Trafford in 2003.
The former World and European player of the Year left Portugal when he was a similar age – and the move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s team did him wonders.
The former Manchester United star told ESPN: “I made a decision [to leave] that paid off but it's not for me to give advice to Lukaku.
“He has to make his own choice but I'm sure that he will have a great career. At 17 when he is not playing in a major championship, he has managed to make himself known to many people like me.
“I think that he's a really fantastic young player. I'm curious to see what he will do in the coming months or at the end of the season. But Lukaku is on track; he must continue to work this way.”