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Lukaku transfer news: Chelsea outcast hints at Saudi move

Romelu Lukaku says he would not be against moving to Saudi Arabia as Chelsea look to sell the striker permanently

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Romalu Lukaku says he would be open to a move to Saudi Arabia, with Chelsea keen to finally offload the striker.

The Blues are set to block loan moves for the Belgian in favour of selling him permanently this summer.

Lukaku returned to Chelsea £97.5million in the summer of 2021 but his second spell in West London has been nothing short of a disaster.

He has not played for the club since the 2021-22 campaign, having spent the last two seasons on loan at Inter Milan and Roma respectively.

Another move to Serie A has been mooted but the 31-year-old has now talked up the idea of moving to the Saudi Pro League.

He told HLN: “Saudi Arabia wouldn’t stop me. The level will only rise there. To a much higher level than many people think.

“More and more football players will tend to play there. Also because of how the fans there experience football.

“The infrastructure still needs to be improved, but all major European top clubs know: ‘Saudi Arabia is coming’ – you already see that in boxing, golf, Formula One.”

‘It’s my choice’

In separate interview with RTL, Lukaku suggested he already had already made up his mind on departing Stamford Bridge.

He said: “I’m going to decide. I am in control of my situation. I’m going to make a choice and once I explain it, everyone will agree with me.

“Look, every time I decided to stay or leave somewhere, certain factors – for example my relationship with the coach – turned out to be the right choice.

“It’s like having a relationship with a woman. If we don’t click anymore, why stay together?’

The striker also opened the door to finishing his career at Anderlecht, the club he started at.

On a return to Belgium, Lukaku added: “It will happen. And much earlier than people think.”

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Cian Cheesbrough

Cian is a sports journalist with a wealth of experience writing for national titles, including LiveScore, MailOnline, Eurosport and Sky Sports. He has covered a number of key events during his time in the industry, including from the press box at live Champions League fixtures.

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