Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has confessed that his former teammate Romelu Lukaku was the catalyst behind him joining Belgian giants Anderlecht in January.
The DR Congo international was originally due to spend the entire season on loan at Aston Villa, having agreed a summer move to Villa Park, but he Toffees cut that short at the turn of the year and allowed him to head for Belgium instead.
The exciting winger had missed plenty of action during his time at Goodison Park, having suffered a lengthy knee injury, and when he was fit to return, Marco Silva had brought players in to play in his position, so the 29-year-old was forced to leave to regain full fitness, and potentially save his career.
He enjoyed a frustrating period at Aston Villa, with him being in and out of the side, and not really being helped by the dismissal of Steve Bruce halfway through his spell there.
The Toffees man is now at Anderlecht in Belgium where he is beginning to get his mojo back, and has confessed that it was his former Everton teammate and Manchester United ace Lukaku who convinced him to head there.
“Rom is indeed a good friend and neighbour: he lives on the other side of the street. In our short period together at Everton we blindly understood each other on the field,” Het Nieuwsblad quote him as saying.
“Romelu learned in his youth, just like me, Lingala. We joked in Lingala and sometimes used it on the field because opponents did not understand it.
“When I asked him to Anderlecht, he said: Go! I also requested advice from Chancel Mbemba and Dieumerci Mbokani. I haven’t doubted after the green light from Lukaku.”
Bolasie is due back at Everton at the end of the season, but with Theo Walcott, Richarlison, Ademola Lookman and Bernard in place to play in the wide areas, the Goodison faithful might have seen the last of the DR Congo international in a Toffees shirt.