Romelu Lukaku could leave Chelsea - agent

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The agent of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has conceded that his star client could leave Stamford Bridge this summer, but admitted his future will ultimately depend on whether Jose Mourinho wants to keep the Belgium international at the club.

Lukaku, who is coming to the end of his successful season-long loan with Everton, has been tipped to leave the Blues at the end of the season after growing frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities at the west London outfit. There have also been reports that the relationship between Mourinho and Lukaku has deteriorated over the course of the season.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez hopes to secure the £20m-rated 20-year-old's services on a permanent basis, while Arsenal and Tottenham are also reportedly keeping close tabs on the situation.

Lukaku's representative Christophe Henrotay, however, said there is a possibility that his client will remain a Chelsea player next season - depending on what Mourinho does when the transfer window re-opens this summer.

"For the moment, Romelu belongs to Chelsea. He has two years left on his contract. It's going to depend on Chelsea. After that, we'll see together what the best options are if Chelsea decide to let him go," Henrotay was quoted by ESPN as telling

"That they want to bring in a big-name striker has been well-documented. But Chelsea need lots of great strikers. And if there are too many, they'll choose to allow Romelu to leave. But if they think there aren't enough forwards, perhaps Romelu will say, 'I'm interested in prolonging the adventure.' But it's still too soon."

Lukaku has scored 14 goals in 30 Premier League appearances for the Toffees this season, to add to the 17 league goals he netted during last season's year-long loan spell with West Brom.

The powerful 6ft 3in striker will lead the line for Belgium at next month's World Cup finals in Brazil, which could lead to his asking price rising, or potentially Mourinho giving him the chance to cement his status as Chelsea's first-choice striker from the start of next season.

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