Everton striker Romelu Lukaku squashes speculation that his goal drought is a consequence of him being distracted by a possible return to Chelsea.

Romelu Lukaku, who had scored 25 goals in all competitions for Everton last year, is yet to score even a single goal this season. It has been widely speculated that his drop in form is a consequence of him being continuously distracted by negotiations over a possible return to Chelsea.

However, in a recent interview with Sky Sports, Lukaku has denied these allegations and blamed his fitness instead. When asked if he would continue at Goodison Park for another year, the Belgian responded with a meekly affirmative ‘Yeah’.

These speculation find their origin in a confirmation given by Lukaku last year when he had said that he was looking to move out of Everton.

However, there have been major changes at the club since then which may be responsible for his change of plans, at the forefront of which was the arrival of Ronald Koeman as the manager in place of Roberto Martinez. Everton too made their stand clear by setting a whopping £75 million tag for the Belgian.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring a goal against Portugal during the friendly soccer match between Portugal and Belgium at Magalhaes Pessoa Stadium in Leiria, Portugal, 29 March 2016.

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring a goal against Portugal during the friendly soccer match between Portugal and Belgium at Magalhaes Pessoa Stadium in Leiria, Portugal, 29 March 2016.

When Lukaku, who is currently on international duty for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Cyprus, was asked by Echo about his contract with Everton, he responded with a dodgy, ‘I want to win prizes. But when I get into a situation where I can leave but my team will not let me, I’m not one to go absent, get fined and cultivate a negative reputation’, thus acknowledging the fact that he wasn’t able to leave Everton because they wouldn’t let him.

Be that as it may, Martinez’s departure has come as a relief to the 23-year-old who is now apparently looking forward to growing as a player under Koeman’s leadership and ending his goal drought.

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