Everton star and former Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku explained why he didn’t force a move to the Blues in the past transfer window:
“For me football is not about money – I want to win prizes,” the 23-year-old said in an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
“But when I get into a situation where I can leave but my team will not let me, I’m not someone who misses training, gets fined and develops a bad reputation.
“I try to remain calm and treat my club with respect. Hopefully they also treat me with respect and I can leave through the front door.
“I knew of the interest of a few clubs, it was quickly very clear that Everton would not let me go. It was important to me that I remained calm, and I did.
“I said to myself that I will do my best, and who knows what will happen in the future.”
“It stings a little but I’m someone who believes that everything happens for a reason.”
Chelsea was not the only team that was keen on the Belgian striker:
“Otherwise I would have gone to Juventus instead of staying at Everton. But I opted for Everton because it was too early for Italy and I have not done badly here.”
“I tell Mino Raiola[Lukaku’s agent] what I think and eventually we have to make the decision that is best for me.
Lukaku admitted that Toffees new boss Ronald Koeman played a key-role in his decision to stay at Goodison Park:
“Now we have a new coach and it is completely different than with Mr Martinez, but I think we can make progress under Ronald Koeman. It may be the last step and then look further.”