Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has refused to rule out rejoining Chelsea and has revealed a decision has been made over his future ahead of next season - appearing to rule out a move to Bayern Munich or Manchester United. The Belgium international is destined to leave Goodison Park after the club limped to an 11th place finish in the Premier League and with several big-name clubs reportedly interested in the played.
Lukaku's father had believed his son would join either United or Bayern this summer for a fee approaching £65m [$94.85m], which would make him English football's most expensive player. The 23-year-old scored 25 times in all competitions last term, with only Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Sergi Aguero netting more times in the top flight.
The Daily Telegraph understand that among the options Lukaku is considering are a potential return to former club Chelsea, whom he left in the summer of 2014 following an ill-fated three-year spell at Stamford Bridge. The former Anderlecht forward was eventually offloaded by Jose Mourinho but despite his inauspicious exit he is ready to consider a return to west London, rather than a move to United or Bavaria.
"In my mind I've already taken a decision about my future," he told Belgian media, according to The Daily Mail. "We will see. We'll see [about re-joining Chelsea]. I keep it for me. A lot of clubs are interested, some of which are already very concrete for five years.
"It's true that the English competition suits me perfectly, but there are plenty of other beautiful clubs. In recent weeks, Everton were difficult, as a forward it also depends on the performance of my teammates, but I still continued to work hard. I'm mentally quite ready to start this Euro."
The imminent arrival of Mourinho at United could rule out Lukaku moving to Old Trafford after he failed to impress the Portuguese boss. Lukaku has been coy regarding his views on Mourinho but has taken thinly-veiled swipes at the former Chelsea manager amid successful spells at West Bromwich Albion and Everton.