Romelu Lukaku Tight Lipped Over Chelsea Future After Performance for Belgium Against England

Romelu Lukaku Tight Lipped Over Chelsea Future After Performance for Belgium Against England

Elijah Odetokun
updated at March 27, 2024 at 8:06 AM
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  • Chelsea prodigal striker, Romelu Lukaku, is on loan at AS Roma
  • His future will be assessed in the summer at the end of his loan
  • The Belgian striker has left it in the hands of the Blues hierarchy

Romelu Lukaku's future will have to be re-evaluated in the summer at the end of his loan move to AS Roma, but he has left it in the hands of his parent club, Chelsea.

Lukaku provided a brilliant assist for Youri Tielemans to put Belgium ahead against England in the second half of their international friendly at Wembley Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku, Lewis Dunk, Belgium, England, Wembley Stadium.
Romelu Lukaku gave Lewis Dunk a tough time during Belgium's 2-2 draw against England at Wembley Stadium. Photo by Eddie Keogh.
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The striker got around Brighton defender, Lewis Dunk, before sending a trivela cross for Tielemans to head home past the onrushing Jordan Pickford.

He sent social media agog, with some sections of the Chelsea fan base clamouring for his return when his loan spell expires at the end of the season.

Lukaku leaves his future in Chelsea's hands

The forward's relationship with Chelsea has been unsettled since December 2021, barely four months into his second spell after the club signed him for £97.5 million from Inter Milan.

He spent last season on loan at Inter, and when the door of a permanent move opened, he dramatically ghosted calls from the Italian club until the move collapsed.

Lukaku then reunited with former boss, Jose Mourinho, at AS Roma on a season-long loan, but the relationship ended when the Special One was sacked in January.

Sky Sports quizzed the Belgian on his future after the 2-2 draw against England, but he tactically waved the question and told the reporter, 'You'll have to ask Chelsea'.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Roma Press, the Giallorossi cannot match his release clause of £37mil, and the London club are considering selling him to Saudi Arabia.

Despite turning it down last year, the striker is also open to the move. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have struggled for goals this season, and a reunion with Lukaku should be given a chance.

Why England wore nameless shirts

Sports Brief also previously explained why England wore nameless shirts in the second half of their 2-2 draw against Belgium in their second international friendly of the March window.

The Three Lions had names on their jerseys in the first half, but the name disappeared in the other half. It was explained as a means of raising awareness for Alzheimer's disease.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.