Romelu Lukaku has completed his move from Chelsea FC to Everton FC for a club record transfer fee of £28million. The Belgium international has signed a five-year contract with the Toffees.
After months of speculations regarding his long-term career at Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku has finally completed his move to Everton for a club record transfer fee. The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Merseyside club.
Romelu Lukaku’s future at Stamford Bridge came under a lot of speculations following the arrival of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in this transfer window. The Belgium international has being monitored by a host of clubs in Europe, but recent reports suggest that Everton are close to signing Lukaku permanently.
The striker enjoyed a wonderful season on loan at Everton, amassing 15 goals and 6 assists in 29 starts. But despite managing to outperform every other striker the London club have in their squad, Lukaku faced an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, while Didier Drogba has re-signed on a one year contract this summer. These new arrivals meant Lukaku dropped further down the pecking order, and the 21-year-old was desperate to gain regular first team action.
A host of European clubs were monitoring Lukaku’s situation at Stamford Bridge with Juventus, Wolfsburg and Real Madrid being linked with a move for him. But Everton were always considered to be the favourites to sign him. The reports were further fuelled last night when Lukaku tweeted about “Time to write a new chapter”.
The deal was made official hours later when Everton announced Lukaku’s arrival for a club record transfer fee of £28million, on a five-year contract.
Lukaku expressed his delight at having completed this move and is keen to start off on a new journey.
“I am really excited about rejoining Everton. I had a fantastic experience last season and a great relationship with the manager, the chairman, the staff, the players and the fans. I can’t wait to get started again and I’m looking forward to a successful season.
“I have a good relationship with the players. This is the place where I belong. I decided quickly I wanted to come back. Here I have the trust of the staff and supporters.” – Lukaku said.
Roberto Martinez stressed on how hard the club has had to work to complete this new signing, and it is evident that Lukaku was the center piece of Everton’s transfer plans this summer.
“It’s a very significant day in the history of our Club. Signing Rom is every Evertonian’s wish. This is a footballing statement of what we want to do. Rom will never say it but his target should be to become one of the best world-class strikers.
“We know that Romelu is still a young man and the potential that he has is quite unique, and we are desperate to see him enjoying his football and to watch him grow as footballer in the years to come.
“The arrival of Rom is more than just a signing, it’s the fruition of a lot of hard work to get the player we wanted. This is a big moment for Everton’s history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season.” – Martinez said.