Belgium boss Roberto Martinez reacts to Romelu Lukaku’s potential Chelsea exit.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes Romelu Lukaku just wants to feel important to a team.

Lukaku, 29, only scored eight Premier League goals for Chelsea across 26 appearances, having netted 24 goals for Inter Milan in Serie A in 2020-21.

He struggled to break into Chelsea’s starting XI in the second-half of the season, with head coach Thomas Tuchel instead favouring Kai Havertz in a false nine role.

There have been doubts over Lukaku’s future, although The Athletic reported last week he is likely to stay at Chelsea, and his national team manager says he would do that if it is the right decision.

Martinez said: “He wants to be important and enjoy his football. I’m sure the decision in the summer will be the right one.

“In Belgium we are quite relaxed with Romelu’s situation. I know it is a big topic, but at the moment he is trying to recover from the injury and that’s the only thing he has in his mind.

“If he stays at Chelsea it will be for the right reasons. If he’s moving away it will be because everyone agrees to it.

“Romelu is a player I know very well. I managed him at club level (at Everton) at a very young age.

“He was 19 and had a very different position than he has now. Now he’s a player who is very mature and very clear what he wants.”

Source: The Athletic

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