Everton striker Romelu Lukaku says he will move his family away from the Brussels district of Molenbeek “as soon as possible”.
Lukaku has a home in Molenbeek, which has been the focus of anti-terrorism activity since the attacks in Paris on November 13 that killed 130 people.
The Belgian government has revealed that a major terrorist attack is being planned in Brussels, with armed troops patrolling the streets.
Lukaku says Molenbeek is “a nice neighbourhood” but with the threat level at it’s highest, the Belgium striker is taking no chances with his family’s safety.
He said: “I live in Brussels and I live where the police are doing a lot of things. I live in Molenbeek. I have had an apartment there for six years now and it is a nice neighbourhood.
“It is calm. I never saw any trouble.
“But with the things happening now, it is a bit difficult. It’s been a shock because security is at the highest level, the safety is at the highest level and now all of my family are here.
“My brother doesn’t live in Brussels any more. Obviously we will try and move as soon as possible. You just want your family to be safe.”