The striker would like to be at Chelsea next season, but he admits he may have to consider other options if it is unlikely he will be a regular fixture in the manager's plans.Romelu Lukaku said he will hold talks with the new Chelsea manager to decide where he plays his football next season.
It has been widely speculated Jose Mourinho has agreed to return to Stamford Bridge and will be that new manager, and one of his first tasks will be to decide the fate of the Belgian who scored 17 Premier League goals last season while on loan at West Brom and starred for his country against the USA in Wednesday's 4-2 victory in Cleveland.
Lukaku insists his dream remains to play for Chelsea, but he admits he may have to go elsewhere once again to fulfil his immediate need for first-team football.
"My future is up to me and the manager," Lukaku told talkSPORT. "First we need to have a conversation about what his plans are and then we'll go from there.
"I'm ready to go there and do my best, because my first ambition is to play at Chelsea, but I have to be realistic.
"I'm 20 years old and I need to play, so we'll see what will happen.
"I'm very proud to be a Chelsea player. I've had a very good season on loan, and I will go back and show my qualities.
"Hopefully I will stay there but in football you never know. We'll have to see what will happen in the future."