Romelu Lukaku could be set to stay at Chelsea after all as Jose Mourinho is reportedly willing to give the striker a chance to impress at Stamford Bridge, according to The Sunday People.
The Belgian youngster – who scored only once for Belgium at the World Cup – has been the subject of intense transfer speculation since his impressive debut season whilst on loan at West Brom.
Lukaku was again loaned out last season to Everton, where he became an instant hit and a fan favourite, netting 15 times as the Toffees finished fifth in the Premier League.
The Merseyside club were keen on making the move a permanent one this summer and a number of other sides were rumoured to be interested in signing the 21-year old.
But now it seems Mourinho – who has already signed striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid – will give Lukaku the opportunity to impress at the club's pre-season training tour across Europe.
It was not known whether the Belgian would feature on the tour but assistant coach Steve Holland confirmed that he will be involved.
He said: “The plan is that Romelu will join up with us at some stage during the second week when we are in Holland.”
Holland was then prompted to say whether or not that means Lukaku will be staying put until his future has been decided permanently and he replied,”That's the situation as I understand it.”
Holland was speaking after Chelsea had fought back from two-goals down to beat AFC Wimbledon in a friendly, in which there was still no sign of Petr Cech, who is recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered last season.
“Petr is making very good progress. He’s ahead of schedule. He’s well on course and it won’t be too long before he joins in with the rest of the group.”