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Belgium boss Roberto Martinez issues transfer warning amid Romelu Lukaku Chelsea rumors

Elgium manager Roberto Martinez has warned his players not to rush into transfers this summer due to the Winter World Cup.

Romelu Lukaku, his country’s top scorer, has endured a difficult campaign at Chelsea and has been linked with a return to Serie A, a division he thrived in before returning to Stamford Bridge.

Martinez says the tournament schedule in Qatar in November and December leaves many unknowns for coaches in their planning and that players might be better off without a change of club in the July transfer window.

“Be careful that during this period you don’t do anything that could harm your career,” the Spaniard said in a warning to his players on Wednesday as he named a 32-man squad for four League games. Nations in June.

“Because it’s a very unique time in someone’s career. We’ll be playing a World Cup this (European) winter and we don’t have any past information as to how it affects the players and how the summer break might have an impact on the selection of the national team.

“What I’m trying to say is that when you change clubs it brings uncertainty. Sometimes you have to adapt to a new language, a new culture, a new way of playing football and that requires sometimes a period of adaptation.

Martinez said the adaptation could take between three and six months. “The World Cup is only 16 weeks away. So that’s something to consider. Maybe the best transfer window for this next season is in January after the World Cup,” he said. added.

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