Lukaku has probably put an end to the prospect of joining Everton permanently.
Romelu Lukaku has enjoyed another season of success on-loan at Everton this term, but the Chelsea youngster wants to be playing Champions League football.
By next campaign the ambitious 20-year-old has set his sights on featuring in the top tier of European football, be that with the Blues or another team.
“It’s time for me to play Champions League, and that’s what I want,” Lukaku was quoted by the Mirror.
“When I turn 21, I’ll have been a professional for five years, I need this in my evolution.
“Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were already in the Champions League when they were 23 or 24.
“I don’t want to play my first games in the Champions League when I’m 23, I want it now. I have to show now that I’m ready.
“I still have two years on my contract in Chelsea and I know they’re tracking my evolution. In the end, it’s up to the manager to decide.”
The Toffees may have had hopes of signing the Belgium international permanently in the summer if Jose Mourinho decides there is no place for Lukaku at Stamford Bridge again, but this now looks unlikely.
As good as Roberto Martinez’s side have been in the Premier League, they have stiff competition from the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and even Manchester United for the final Champions League place.
However, this revelation from Lukaku may have got several of members of Europe’s elite interested, as with the Belgian having so much experience at such a young age, the striker is a very attractive prospect.
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