Thursday 18 January 2018

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has 'made a decision' on future

Everton's Romelu Lukaku (PA)
Everton's Romelu Lukaku (PA)

Mark Critchley

Romelu Lukaku claims to have made a decision on whether he will stay at Everton and has not ruled out a return to Chelsea.

The striker, who swapped Stamford Bridge for Goodison Park as part of a £28million transfer two years ago, has repeatedly indicated that he wants to play for a club competing in the Champions League.

Lukaku is rumoured to be one of several strikers on the shortlist of Antonio Conte, the incoming Chelsea head coach, while moves to Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus have also been mooted.

The 23-year-old, who has been named in Marc Wilmots’ 24-man Belgium squad for this summer’s European Championships, now knows where he will be playing his football next season and a return to west London could be on the cards.

"I keep it for me. A lot of clubs are interested, some of which are already very concrete for five years," he told Belgian publication DH.

“In my head, I have already made ​​a decision, we’ll see,” he added. “It’s true that the English competition suits me perfectly, but there are plenty of other beautiful clubs.”

Lukaku’s father, Roger, recently said that a transfer could be completed before the start of the European Championships in three weeks’ time.

“Everton are asking around £65m for Rom. I think a transfer will be done before the Euros,” he said on Tuesday.

“Romelu will decide his future, but agents have the last word most of the time. I hope and I think Mino Raiola is an honest man.

“Now, with Romelu it will be quickly arranged. Whether the transfer has been sorted? Almost. I think it will be in place before the European Championship.”

Lukaku enjoyed his best-ever campaign this term, with 25 goals in all competitions, though he failed to score in his final ten games of the season.

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