Lukaku: I'll decide my future after the World Cup

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 Axel 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."