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Lukaku ends Chelsea frustration by joining Everton

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By Joe Haining

Thursday 31 July 2014

Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku has finally completed his strongly touted move from Chelsea to Everton, and feels he has made the correct choice, according to The Daily Star.

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku finalised the Goodison Park move in a deal worth £28 million, an Everton club record, and has signed a five-year contract for a reported £70,000 per week.

The 21-year-old expressed his delight at sealing the deal, saying: “I needed to be in a place where it felt right. Here I have the confidence of the whole technical staff. I have a good relationship with the staff and the players; this is the place where I belong.”

Lukaku also acknowledged the part that Chelsea have played in his development, and insisted that he harbours no negative feelings towards the west London club. “I've no hard feelings towards Chelsea. They gave me an opportunity to come to England,” he said. “And a work ethic and winning mentality is what Chelsea taught me. You don't have regrets.”

Lukaku joined Chelsea in a £10 million deal from RSC Anderlecht in his native Belgium in 2011, but his Stamford Bridge career never really got going. In his first season with the club he made just 12 appearances in all competitions, including just one Premier League start.

In 2012/13 he was sent on a season-long loan to West Bromwich Albion, where he showed his ability by scoring 17 Premier League goals in 35 games, including a stunning hat-trick in the spectacular 5-5 draw with Manchester United, a game remembered as being Sir Alex Ferguson’s last as United manager.

Lukaku was again loaned out for the 2013/14 season, where he scored 16 in 33 games in all competitions for Everton.

Everton held off competition from both Atletico and Real Madrid as well as Wolfsburg to secure Lukaku’s signature. He is the second player to join the Toffees permanently having impressed on loan at Goodison Park last season after the arrival of Manchester City’s Gareth Barry.

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