On Tuesday afternoon, Romelu Lukaku spoke to Belgian press whilst on international duty and all but confirmed his departure from Everton this summer.
When asked whether he could stay on Merseyside next season, the 25-year-old stated: “That’s not really an option, I think. That was quite clear.”
The Belgian also hinted at his possible destination this summer. When asked if he will return to his old club Chelsea, the striker said “No comment. We will see”, before laughing and winking at the watching media. Since then he has started following a handful of Chelsea players on Twitter, including N’Golo Kante and Gary Cahill.
While many Everton fans would have expected comments like this from the want away striker, it is hard to argue that the club will miss their main man when he departs. Lukaku, who has 56 caps for his country, has been arguably the clubs’ best player for the past four seasons and his stock continues to rise with each passing campaign.
On the other hand, Chelsea fans have taken to Twitter to express their thoughts over Lukaku’s mystery comments. It is safe to say that his signing would divide opinion amongst the Stamford Bridge faithful…
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) June 6, 2017
— Ammar | عمار (@Justammartian) June 6, 2017
— Freddie (@fredematic) June 7, 2017
Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku back will be so good. Just the striker we need #CFC
— CHAMPIONS!! (@mac9776) June 7, 2017
Looks like #Lukaku is coming back to Chelsea. Not sure how I feel about this
— Paul Saunders (@PSaundersCFC) June 6, 2017
I'd rather Lukaku not join #CFC, due to the money involved and that he won't suit our style. Already got a £33m striker on the bench.
— Matthew Debono (@MattD_CFC) June 6, 2017
Lukaku has been a flop against big teams this season. Wonder why are we paying so much for him. 50 million is OK. 87 is WAYYY to much. #CFC
— Nagarsaki (@nagarsaki) June 6, 2017
Looks like Lukaku might be happening. Can't deny my doubts & concerns but like all #CFC players, will give him full support.
— Daniel Childs (@SonOfChelsea) June 7, 2017
If Big Romelu Lukaku comes back to #CFC I'm not going to lie I personally am ALL for it. Think he's a great investment regardless of price.
— Mick Loizou (@MickLoizou) June 6, 2017
Lukaku has a point to prove. He loves #CFC & wants to play for the badge. Scores goals & has Premier League experience. Good enough for me.
— Faisal. (@OneAndOnlyCFC) June 6, 2017