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A report in this morning’s Daily Mail links Romelu Lukaku with a loan move to Fulham next season.

The Belgian striker has been reportedly told by national coach Georges Leekens that he needs to be playing regular first-team football to be considered as a starter for the national side. Lukaku, who joined Chelsea for £18m from Anderlecht last summer, has made just six league appearances under Andre Vilas-Boas and has sought talks with his manager to clarify his future.

I will head back to Chelsea with the advice of Leekens in my mind. We had a long talk, and his words made me think. He told me I have to play if I want to be selected for the national team in the future. I want to be the number one striker for Belgium, but the problem is, the others are playing for their club sides, while I am not.

Something has to change. I’ve progressed as a player since I arrived at Chelsea, because I am training with the best players in the world. But I miss the atmosphere in the stadium and the support of the public.

The paper suggests that Fulham would be a more preferable option for the 18 year-old rather than the likes of Bolton, Everton and overseas outfits as he is settled in London.