The Belgium striker says a strong showing for his side in
Brazil could be beneficial to both himself and his team-
mates when it comes to transfers later in the summer
By Ben Hayward in Belo Horizonte
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku says he will make a decision
about his future following his World Cup campaign with
Belgium this month.
Lukaku spent last season on loan at Everton and manager
Roberto Martinez is keen to sign the 21-year-old on a
permanent transfer, although Wolfsburg are also interested
and Toffees team-mate Joel Robles claimed this week that
the forward would fit in perfectly at Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea are close to completing a move for Atletico's Diego
Costa and the arrival of the Brazil-born forward means
Lukaku is likely to find opportunities few and far between if
he stays at Stamford Bridge next term.
Lukaku has already revealed his intention of leaving the
London club this summer in any case, but said on Sunday: "I'm
not thinking about myself at the moment. I'm only thinking
about Belgium. We have waited 12 years to be at a World Cup
and I am only thinking about representing the team in the
best manner possible.
"If we all do well, then it will be a benefit to all of us [in
terms of possible transfers], but at the moment I am not
thinking about my future. Not until after the World Cup."
Lukaku, who has shaken off an ankle problem picked up in a
friendly against Tunisia last week, is primed for a starring
role with Belgium in Brazil after Aston Villa's Christian
Benteke was ruled out of the competition with a serious
injury in April, but says he thrives under pressure.
"I love the pressure, I am crazy about it!" he said in a press
conference in Belo Horizonte ahead of his side's World Cup
opener against Algeria on Tuesday.
"If you can't play under pressure you shouldn't be at a World
Cup. I'm used to playing under pressure; in the Premier League
there are big players and big teams - we are used to it.
"We have been together as a group since 2010 and our
coach (Marc Wilmots) has given us lots of advice from day
one. We won't feel the pressure."
And team-mate Alex Witsel added: "We have a great
generation of players, we are here to play a great World Cup
and our first aim is to finish top of our group."