Everton loanee Romelu Lukaku says he could have stayed at Chelsea or joined West Brom.
Romelu Lukaku has revealed he had the chance to remain at Chelsea but opted to join Everton on loan after a private conversation with Jose Mourinho.
The 20-year-old impressed during a season-long loan at West Brom last term, netting 17 Premier League goals, but despite Chelsea’s failure to sign a recognised striker this summer, Lukaku was allowed to leave on loan for the second consecutive campaign.
The former Anderlecht starlet said he had the chance to return to the Hawthorns or fight for his place at Chelsea but opted to join Belgium international teammate Kevin Mirallas at Goodison Park.
“Contrary to what some have said, I am very happy. I think Everton is a club that can bring me many things and I can bring them a great deal. I am sure we will do well and that I will make further progress,” Lukaku told Belgian website RTBF Sport.
“The conversation I had with Jose Mourinho remains private. I could have stayed at Chelsea but it’s important at my age to play a lot. My goal is to play in the World Cup and be a good striker for Chelsea in the future.
“Everton I think is a bigger club than West Bromwich. At West Brom, I learned a lot and the club helped me a lot. I would also like to thank the coach of this club but now, I crossed into a new stage. This is a fresh start and a new challenge for me.
“Everton is a team that plays good football. There will be a little more pressure,” he concluded.