Everton manager Roberto Martinez feels a permanent deal for Romelu Lukaku will not be dependent upon UEFA Champions League qualification.
Reports in the Belgian media on Thursday revealed that Lukaku's agent has been in contact in with Tottenham, while the possibility of making a full-time switch to Goodison Park from parent club Chelsea remains a possibility.
The 20-year-old striker, on a season-long loan at Everton, has caught the eye on Merseyside with 12 goals in 26 Premier League appearances, yet despite that return his immediate future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear.
Martinez refused to be drawn on whether the club plan to try and sign the youngster on a long-term basis, but he did suggest that Lukaku's decision will not be based on whether Everton play in Europe's premier competition next season.
"You need to understand there is going to be a lot of speculation and a lot of talk," he said.
"Romelu has been performing extremely well, you're going to get that sort of speculation when a player has been on loan and there's a bit of uncertainty.
"As a young man, I think he's fulfilling his potential. All we want is for him to focus on the next seven games, then whatever happens in the summer it's going to be good, with the season he's had it can only be positive.
"I think the next seven games are going to be very important to see where the next chapter is for Romelu, but it's not about whether we get into the Champions League or not, it's more about the focus of the football club.
"We want to carry on growing. We want to be a club that looks to get into the Champions League consistently, that's very important for a player that wants to continue developing."
Martinez is preparing his side for a crucial showdown with Arsenal on Sunday, in a match that has significant bearing on who will claim in the final Champions League spot.
Arsene Wenger's men currently hold a four-point advantage, although Everton have a game in hand.
However, Martinez believes that the fixture will not be decisive in the race for fourth, no matter the outcome.
He added: "Arsenal at the weekend is a great opportunity, a great occasion but in the same manner winning that game doesn't guarantee you the top four, if you lose it you're not out of the race.
"It's 21 points to fight for and it's how many we can get out of those."
Martinez is confident that midfielder Ross Barkley will feature, despite coming off early in the 3-1 over Fulham last weekend, but captain Phil Jagielka is unlikely to return from a hamstring injury.
|Coach: Roberto Martínez|
for L. Osman 10'
for S. Naismith 81'
for R. Lukaku 86'
|Scotland call up debutants Gauld and May|
|Ramsey out for up to four weeks|
|Giroud deal done - Wenger|
|Hull City challenge FA over name change ruling|
|Rooney impressed with McNair|
|Luiz: I nearly joined Barca|
|Persipura 0 Al Qadsia 6 (agg 2-10): Visitors coast into final|
|Blanc wary of ´exceptional´ Messi|
|Dawson extends Albion deal|
|Mourinho open to move within Premier League|
|Top four the priority - Van Persie|
|Liga MX Preview: Queretaro braced for Atlas challenge|
|Copa Sudamericana Preview: Sao Paulo out to arrest slump|
|MLS Preview: DC United ready to grind, Revolution host Crew|
|Argentine Primera Division Review: Newell´s unbeaten run ends|
|Mignolet shrugs Valdes, Liverpool link|
|Neville blames transfers for Newcastle form|
|Mathieu applauds Messi, Neymar partnership|
|Mignolet must improve - Carragher|
|Cole hails Lampard|
|Villa may miss opener in Australia|
|Hughes thrilled with ´deserved´ home win|
|Pardew fears for future|
|Serie A Review: Djordjevic treble fires Lazio to Palermo win|
|Pardew facing ´serious conversations´ with Ashley|
|Pacos de Ferreira 2 Belenenses 0: Hosts off the mark on home turf|
|Stoke City 1 Newcastle United 0: Crouch deepens gloom for visitors|
|Garcia embracing underdogs tag|
|Turkish Super Lig Review: Gekas double sinks Fenerbahce|
|Bayer Leverkusen v Benfica: Schmidt´s men seek goalscoring touch|
|Costa to start against Sporting|
|Russian Premier League Review: CSKA edge Ural thriller to close gap on Zenit|
|Ludogorets v Real Madrid: Holders out to avoid slip-up in Sofia|
|Malmo v Olympiacos: Roberto insists no hangover for visitors|
|Championship Preview: McKinlay in at Watford, Norwich host unbeaten Charlton|
|Luis Enrique expecting stern PSG test|
|Atletico Madrid v Juventus: Opening defeat puts pressure on hosts|
|Bruce staying positive despite winless run|
|Police investigating Van Dijk racism claims|
|Hazard dreaming of Champions League glory|
|Santos goes to Goa|
|Double delight for Al-Garni|
|Basel v Liverpool: Rodgers hopeful on Sturridge return|
|Arsenal v Galatasaray: Wenger facing selection headache|
|Blanc calling on others to cover for Ibrahimovic absence|
|Zenit v Monaco: Jardim sticking with style|
|Ibrahimovic out of Barca clash|
|Lucescu happy to host Porto in Lviv|
|Hart looking to bounce back against Roma|
|McKinlay replaces Garcia at Watford|
|Anderlecht v Borussia Dortmund: Hasi expecting tough test|
|Sunderland not panicking, says Jones|
|Pelle hopes for Italy call|
|Slutsky well aware of Bayern strength|
|Guardiola entering unchartered territory|
|Arsenal have a point to prove against Chelsea - Oxlade-Chamberlain|
|Irvine hails Lescott impact|
|Carlos backs Ancelotti to defend crown|
|Montoya replaces injured Douglas|
|Pearce wants permanent Hunt deal|
|Nolan targets top 10|
|Mangala reaction pleases Kompany|
|Dyche keen to emulate West Brom example|
|Irvine happy to see Hawthorns rocking again|
|San Siro ´isn´t enough anymore´ for Milan|
|Redknapp calls for temporary subs|
|Western Sydney Wanderers v Seoul: A-League side look to continue dream run|
|Hazard rules out PSG switch|
|MLS Review: Keane scores twice in Galaxy romp|
|Costa Rican Primera Division Review: Five-star Alajuelense extend streak|
|Colombian Primera A Review: Medellin held, Santa Fe go top|
|Liga del Futbol Profesional Boliviano Review: Wilstermann remain top|
|Napoli rewarded for team effort - Benitez|
|Liga MX Review: Layun scores four, Monterrey leapfrog Atlas|
|Paraguayan Division Profesional Review: 15-year-old Diaz is Cerro´s hero|
|Uruguayan Primera Division Review: Racing leave it late, Recoba scores from a corner|
|Brazilian Serie A Review: Gremio´s resurgence continues|
|Venezuelan Primera Division Review: Leaders held, Tucanes win again|
|Referee got it right - Rooney|
|Peruvian Primera Division Review: Melgar stay perfect|
|Bielsa: Marseille always in control|
|Newcastle will offer Tiote new deal - Pardew|
|Shakhtar Donetsk v Porto: Lucescu looks to maintain impressive home record|
|Ligue 1 Review: Marseille, Bordeaux continue fine starts|
|Serie A review: Inter stunned, Sampdoria derby delight|
|APOEL v Ajax: De Boer hoping to end poor away form|
|Schalke v Maribor: Draxler set for return for confident hosts|
|Al Ahly 2 Coton Sport 1 (agg 3-1): Hosts secure historic final berth|
|Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea: Hosts protecting fearsome home record|
|CSKA Moscow v Bayern Munich: Robben calls for psychological focus|
|Primeira Liga Review: Gil Vicente´s misery continues|
|Bundesliga Review: Late Piazon strike stuns Hamburg, Augsburg edge out Hertha|
|Dyche wants Burnley to bounce straight back|
|Hard work paying off for West Brom - Irvine|
|Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona: Blanc hopeful of Ibrahimovic return|
|Eredivisie Review: PSV lose at Heerenveen, Twente win|
|TP Mazembe 3 ES Setif 2 (agg 4-4): Away goals secure final berth for Algerians|
|West Brom 4 Burnley 0: Berahino shines in routine win|
|Mazzarri accepts blame for Cagliari humbling|
|Inzaghi frustrated with Milan draw|
|Manchester City v Roma: Zabaleta ready for crucial clash|
|CSL Review: Evergrande take dramatic Guangzhou derby|
|Cesena 1 Milan 1: Rami rescues point for Inzaghi´s men|
|Inter 1 Cagliari 4: Ekdal hat-trick inspires sensational away win|
|Reading 3 Wolves 3: Late Murray leveller earns draw|
|BATE v Athletic Bilbao: La Liga side look to kick-start season|
|Luiz needs time - Blanc|
|Every day is difficult - Guardiola|
|Martinez hails Hibbert and Browning|
|Lallana getting fitter - Rodgers|
|My best is yet to come - Rooney|
|K.League Review: Pohang snatch draw against leaders, Busan I´Park claim much-needed win|
|Chadli revels in derby goal|
|Al Ain v Al Hilal: Uphill battle for Dalic´s men|
|Koeman praises Mane and Bertrand|
|Costa needs 15 days to recover - Mourinho|
|Serie A not a two-horse race - Tevez|
|MLS Review: Seattle go top, Toronto fight back to win|
|Atletico were simply better - Emery|
|Gerrard: I´m not finished yet|
|Persipura v Al Qadsia: Visitors set to reach final|
|Kitchee v Erbil: Belencoso key for hosts|
|Ecuadorian Primera A Review: Barcelona continue good form|
|Sakho sorry for pre-game departure|
|Berahino ´lost´ after Clarke exit|
|La Liga Review: Big guns win|
|Home fans key to Atletico success - Simeone|
|Primeira Liga Review: Benfica win thriller, Braga beat Rio Ave|