Yannick Bolasie says that Romelu Lukaku “has his plan”, and that Everton “can’t really stop that”.
Lukaku looks likely to leave Everton this summer after refusing to sign a new deal at Goodison Park earlier this month.
The striker says that his ambition to be one of the best players in the world was behind his decision, as well as his desire to play Champions League football.
A host of leading European clubs have been linked since, including Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as Ligue Un champions Paris Saint-Germain and Serie A giants Juventus.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Everton teammate and close friend Bolasie admits that the Belgian has made his mind up.
“I speak to Rom every day and when a man has his plan, he has his plan,” said Bolasie. “You can’t really stop that.
“Players have ambition, as players they want to play in the highest team possible and Rom for me right now, at his age, is a world class striker and there aren’t many about like him.
“I’m not surprised but I’m sure that Everton are going to find a way to deal with it.”