Lukaku had already told the media that he wanted to focus purely on the upcoming tournament in Brazil rather than a big money summer transfer.
A departure from Stamford Bridge seemed inevitable after what looked like a breakdown in relations between Lukaku and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
However, the latest words attributed to the 21-year-old suggests he holds out some hope of staying with the London club next season.
Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad, Lukaku said:
"It would be nice to get clarity beforehand, but that will not happen, so I'm completely focused on the World Cup.
"You know, I still have a two-year contract at the biggest club in England, because that's Chelsea. So I still hope to play there. Chelsea have a good coach."
Elsewhere in the press, Wolfsburg boss Klaus Allofs said he was considering a move for Lukaku in the transfer window.
Wolfsburg remain keen to sign a striker this summer and when asked if the Belgian was a target told Wolfsburger Nachrichten:
"Of course, but we also have other names in mind.
"We are to sign a striker this summer and we have to wait and see which deal will be feasible in the end."
All this does is drive up Lukaku's price tag and consequently ease Everton out of the reckoning with the number of clubs linked with him rising by the day.
Lets hope Roberto Martinez has identified some other striking options as the hopes of seeing Lukaku in an Everton shirt again fade still further.