Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has admitted nobody at the club will be able to stop Romelu Lukaku leaving the club in the summer if the Belgium international wants a new challenge.
The former Chelsea man has continued to be linked with a move away from the club after revealing he wants to play Champions League football.
Earlier this month he admitted the Toffees did not match his ambitions but he has still continued to start up front under Ronald Koeman.
Lukaku, who leads the scoring charts in the Premier League with 21 goals, is under contract until 2019 and reports suggest he has told the club he will not renew his deal.
Everton were willing to offer their highest ever contract to the 23-year-old but Bolasie concedes nothing can be done if he wants out.
He told Sky Sports News HQ: “I speak to Rom [Lukaku] every day and when a man has his plan, he has his plan. 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.”
Lukaku will once again be expected to start Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield and he has now been boosted to odds of 7.50 to score the first goal with Dafabet.