Romelu Lukaku appears to have hinted at a possible future with Chelsea after lavishing praise upon the club, manager Jose Mourinho and providing a timely reminder that he still has a contract at Stamford Bridge.
Reports that began circulating on Friday evening had suggested that £25 million-rated Belgian international Lukaku had informed the Blues of his desire to depart West London this summer, with Mourinho seemingly on the verge of completing a deal to sign Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa.
However, while Chelsea supporters began to become accustomed to the thought of the 21-year-old leaving without having ever really being given the chance to replicate his stunning loan form with his parent club, new quotes attributed to the striker by The Daily Mirror seem to hint that he could be happy to stay.
“I only know one thing and that is that, in my opinion, Chelsea are still the biggest club in England. And they have a very, very good manager!
“I have a contract with Chelsea after this summer and I am not focusing on any move to Atletico," he said.
Having arrived at Chelsea from Jupiler Pro League giants Anderlecht back in 2011, Lukaku - who is expected to lead the line for his country at the World Cup this summer despite sustaining a knock to his ankle during the 1-0 warm-up win over Tunisia in Brussels on Saturday night - has appeared sporadically for the Blues, instead proving his Premier League caliber with consecutive successful season-long loan spells at West Brom and Everton.
And while his time at The Hawthorns was undeniably impressive, it was during his stint on Merseyside under the watchful eye of the charismatic Roberto Martinez that Lukaku really rose to prominence.
With 15 goals in 31 games at Goodison Park, Lukaku became the focal point of Everton's attack and he emphatically proved that he is fully capable of leading the line on a consistent basis.
But while you might expect such form to have secured him the chance to prove his worth to Chelsea as Mourinho seeks to significantly bolster his otherwise disappointing strikeforce, Lukaku has been instead subject to a number of fervent transfer rumours in recent times that all seem to point to him leaving Stamford Bridge for good.
This now might not be the case, however.
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