Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne lifts lid on relationship with Romelu Lukaku

Robbie Copeland
De Bruyne and Lukaku are close friends off the pitch
De Bruyne and Lukaku are close friends off the pitch / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne says he loves the 'beautiful' picture of himself and Romelu Lukaku shaking hands during Belgium's win over Finland.

De Bruyne and Lukaku enjoy a special bond off the pitch that continues to be reflected at Euro 2020, as Belgium assert their status as one of the favourites to lift the trophy next month. The two combined to create their second goal against Finland, with De Bruyne playing in the striker who netted his third of the tournament.

The goal was celebrated with their signature handshake, and speaking on the picture - which Lukaku posted on his Instagram - De Bruyne said he loves it and the diversity it symbolises.

“I love that ­picture of the two of us. It is ­everything," he told the Mirror.

“The atmosphere, the ­combination of black and white players. It shows diversity. That’s what makes the photo beautiful.

“You see this kind of ­celebration in the NBA, but, in all honesty, their ­handshakes are 10 times more complicated to do.

“This has become our ­handshake after a goal, although I don’t want to make it too much of a big thing.”

The two are former teammates at Chelsea, and with Manchester City on the lookout for a new striker, it has been rumoured they could reunite next season. Lukaku has said he is happy at Inter, but the Italian champions are in a state of turmoil after the departure of Antonio Conte, who left due to their insistence on selling key players to raise funds.

Lukaku previously revealed the two have a special bond that extends far beyond the pitch, dating back to their time together at Stamford Bridge,

“With Kevin, I have the best friendship in the ­entire national squad," Lukaku said. “We tell each other stuff that we don’t tell other people. We trust each other massively.”