Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is still holding out hope of getting a chance to shine at Stamford Bridge next season, insisting that he still remains confident of persuading Blues boss Jose Mourinho he has what it takes to lead the line for England's "biggest club".
Lukaku heads to the World Cup with his long-term future very much up in the air, despite spending a successful season on loan at Everton and scoring 15 goals in 33 Premier League games.
Mourinho is still widely expected to target the addition of an extra forward alongside the signing of Atletico Madrid marksman Diego Costa, but Lukaku told Het Nieuwsblad last night that he believes the Blues may well yet honour the final two years of his current Chelsea deal.
The Belgian powerhouse said: "It would be nice to get clarity beforehand, but that will not happen, so I'm completely focused on the World Cup.
"You know, I still have a two-year contract at the biggest club in England, because that's Chelsea. So I still hope to play there. Chelsea have a good coach."
The 21-year-old's stock could rise further with strong showings at this summer's South American showpiece, all while Mourinho ponders how best to improve a strike force which cost Chelsea dear at crucial points last season, leaving the Blues trophyless despite clear signs of progression.
As Chelsea fans wait for Costa's arrival to be confirmed there remains huge question marks over the future of Lukaku, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, all issues that will have to wait until after a busy summer of international football to be resolved.