Belgian winger Nacer Chadli has revealed that he spoke to Romelu Lukaku ahead of signing for West Bromwich Albion from Tottenham Hotspur.
Lukaku spent a season on loan at the midlands club and his referral helped Chadli make up his mind about the move.
"I spoke to Romelu Lukaku the day before I signed. He was there one year and said he was very happy, that there are good fans, a decent stadium and the training centre was cool. I also trained with Sébastien Pocognoli before moving to Brighton," Chadli told Het Nieuwsblad.
"He [Pocognoli] didn’t play a lot there in 2.5 years, but said many positive things. West Brom is a family club, and Birmingham is a pleasant city to live in."
Pocognoli is owned by West Brom, but is currently out on loan with Championship outfit Brighton.
Chadli will be turning out with one of Wales' Euro 2016 heroes, Hal Robson-Kanu, who broke Belgian hearts at the continental showpiece – something the former Spurs man mentioned to the Welshman.
"I told him bluntly that he has broken my heart. He made a joke. I think he’s a good player. Hopefully he will help us score goals this season," concluded Chadli.