Chelsea star remains coy on club link-up with international teammate

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Eden Hazard has refused to get involved in talk of a Chelsea return for Romelu Lukaku, but wouldn’t say no to seeing him come back to Stamford Bridge.

The pair are currently on international duty with the Belgian national team at Euro 2016, and they will hope to secure their place in the last-16 on Wednesday.

Lukaku will be in confident mood in particular for their encounter with Sweden having scored twice in the win over the Republic of Ireland at the weekend, but his club future continues to potentially act as a distraction for the Everton forward.

His international teammate evidently doesn’t want to add to the problem by sharing his opinion on the matter, but it’s pretty clear that he wouldn’t be against seeing the powerful striker join him in west London next season.

“I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about this,” he told Sky Sports. “But Romelu is a big striker, he’s a good guy and a good friend of mine.

“It’s always good to play with the best in the world.

“For a striker it’s great confidence to score goals. Lukaku showed how good he is.

“When a striker doesn’t score, he tends to get criticism, but he can take it. He is mentally strong and I am sure he will be difference for us in each game, I hope.”

Lukaku originally signed for Chelsea in 2011 but failed to establish himself at the club as he was then sent out on loan spells to West Bromwich Albion and Everton, before the latter made his move permanent.

The 23-year-old went on to score 61 goals in 127 matches for the Merseysiders, but now could be tempted into a return to Chelsea with incoming boss Antonio Conte set to make changes ahead of his first season in charge of the club.

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