At the start of last season Chelsea decided that they did not need Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku for the upcoming campaign. That was despite the club's obvious lack of striking options and Lukaku's excellent previous season at West Brom.
They loaned him to Everton, and he was again excellent at his farm club. But he returns to Stamford Bridge this summer, despite making it clear that he does not wish for that.
Now it seems he will be off shortly. Atletico Madrid reportedly want him to arrive at the Vicente Calderon as part of the Diego Costa deal - but regardless of the Los Colchoneros interest he seems unwanted and on his way from The Blues.
But for his nation it is a different story altogether. He is currently Belgium's World Cup squad's only out and out striker - with Christian Benteke out of the competition with an Achilles tendon injury.
But for The Red Devils their worst fears looked like coming to light, when Lukaku limped out of action in a World Cup warm-up game against Tunisia.
He had took a knock to his ankle and a bad bruise looked like ruling him out for the opening Belgium game against Algeria.
But Lukaku has now made it very clear that he is fighting fit for the start of the tournament, telling media:
"I'm definitely ready for Algeria."
Giving him the chance to put himself in the shop window as soon as possible this summer.