Romelu Lukaku has revealed he resisted the temptation to join Juventus from Chelsea during the summer transfer window, instead favouring a move to Everton as he feels the Premier League club are the ideal fit.
Lukaku was a club record £28 million acquisition for Everton having spent the previous campaign on loan at Goodison Park, but Roberto Martinez was not the only manager who had hoped to clinch a deal for the coveted Belgian.
Some of Europe’s most iconic clubs were linked with Lukaku once it became apparent Jose Mourinho was prepared to sell the striker, and the 21-year-old has now confirmed that there was an opportunity to sign for Juventus.
But Lukaku’s loan spell with Everton was enough to convince him that Merseyside was the place for him to develop, despite this incredibly tempting chance to join the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba at the Italian champions.
Serie A chance
“I thought about Serie A and Juventus because they are a big club. But for me Everton was perfect,” said Lukaku,” he said, according to the Sunday People.
“I’m here and I’m happy. I don’t regret any choices I’ve made. Everton was the best choice I could make as a young player who wants to progress
“This club is a good fit for me. They made so many efforts to get me. I feel at home here.”
Lukaku’s departure from Chelsea was a controversial one, with the striker never afforded the time in the club’s first team that he appeared to deserve, particularly given the goalscoring problems of recent seasons.
The youngster made only 15 appearances for Chelsea after signing as a teenager in 2011 and his want to be the club’s leading forward, something that could not be guaranteed, led to his eventual permanent departure.
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