Kevin De Bruyne has been joking around on Twitter with Belgium and former Chelsea teammate Romelu Lukukau, as his Wolfsburg outfit gear up to face the striker’s Everton side in Thursday evening's Europa League clash.
Both members of Belgium’s famed “golden generation”, the pair have featured on the national team together since making their respective debuts in 2010, before later joining up at Chelsea, but neither would in fact spend much time at Stamford Bridge.
Signing from Anderlecht for £18 million in August 2011, aged 18, Lukaku appeared in just 15 games for the Blues over the next three seasons, but would net 32 times in 66 league appearances during successive season-long loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Everton, before making a permanent club-record £28 million switch to Goodison Park this summer.
De Bruyne, meanwhile, signed for the club from KRC Genk for £7 million in January 2012, but spent the following campaign at Werder Bremen, where he scored 10 goals in 33 league matches before returning to North London.
He found himself out of the first-team picture under Jose Mourinho, however, featuring in just nine games over the first-half of the 2013-14 season, which prompted a £17 million return to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in the winter transfer window.
With Everton beginning their first continental campaign since 2010 with a home date against the German side, it will be up to Lukaku to provide the goals to ensure that his international teammate leaves England with little to show from his brief return.