Romelu Lukaku explains Everton move

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Romelu Lukaku only knew about his move away from Stamford Bridge four hours before the transfer deadline on Monday, say the Daily Star.

The Belgium international has gone on a season-long loan to Everton and said he made his decision after a half hour phone call with new Toffees boss Roberto Martinez.

The 6ft 3in striker was expected by many to play a role at Chelsea this season having been on loan with West Brom last term, but this seemingly was not Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho's, plan.

"It was a crazy evening. I was sitting in my hotel room in Brussels when the phone went to tell me I was going out on loan again," said the 20-year-old.

"It was 7pm, and that was the first I knew of it.

"There had not been a mention of it before then, but after speaking to my parents, I decided to take the plunge.

"Different clubs called me and I had to take the right decision."

One of those different clubs was West Brom who were eager to bring Lukaku back after he netted 17 Premier League goals for them last season.

However, Everton's higher status drew Lukaku away from the Hawthorns and through the doors at Goodison Park.

"Roberto Martinez called me for 30 minutes and explained to me what he expects from me," he said.

"I decided that Everton was the best choice. They are a more prominent club than West Brom where I had a good time.

"The important thing, at 20, is to be playing, and while West Brom was an option, Everton was a better one.

"I've also known Kevin Mirallas since I was 14, and that should help. We talked about [the move] and I am looking forward to playing."

Lukaku will have to wait for his Premier League debut with the Merseyside club as Everton host his parent side Chelsea in their next game, which will take place on September 14.

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