Romelu Lukaku open to another Everton season

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Romelu Lukaku has insisted he did not want to leave Chelsea but felt he had to for the sake of his career and is open to extending his loan move to Everton for another season.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho this week criticised the young Belgium international for talking too much and not being straight up about the reasons why he left Stamford Bridge for a season-long loan at Goodison Park.

Now the the man Chelsea paid Anderlecht around £20million for in 2011 has explained his reasons behind deciding he needed another temporary move away from west London.

Speaking to BBC Sport's Football Focus programme, the 20-year-old explained that the extra playing time he is getting under Roberto Martinez is crucial for his development and form, which is especially important with the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

"It's a bit strange at the moment, the last time I heard from them was a couple of months ago," Lukaku told BBC's Football Focus.

"It was not the fact I was not wanted. Imagine I was playing for Chelsea now I would play maybe five games, maybe score one or two goals.

"At Everton I have played eight games and scored seven goals, and now everyone in England is talking about me."

Lukaku was asked whether he would consider staying on at Everton for another season after this one, which he reacted positively to, but insisted he would have to be in a situation where his game could continue improving.

"I want to help Everton. I admire his (Martinez's) style, everything at the club, and I thought that was the next stage I needed for this year," he added.

"I think we can challenge all those clubs in the top six.

"I think it's not a bad idea (to stay at Everton for a second season). If we play Champions League then I think so.

"I miss European football a lot. I have to work hard and see what will be the best decision for me at the end of the season."

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