Former Chelsea player, Romelu Lukaku has revealed reasons and secrets behind his Stamford Bridge exit after having a disappointiinting spell with the Londoners. The big Belgian, was tipped to replace Ivorian striker Didier Drogba, due to his fine form with Anderlecht, and most especially possessing similar qualities with the Chelsea great.
Lukaku joined Chelsea as an 18-year old, during Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea coach. His time at Chelsea was however a disastrous one as he could make a lowly 8 league appearances for Chelsea in his first season, starting just one of those. The next season, he never made an appearance till he was loaned to West brom where he went on to score 17 league goals.
After that season, he returned to Chelsea, but still couldn’t settle into the team, he only made two substitute appearances in the league and was subsequently loaned to Everton. He made 31 league appearances for Everton, scoring 15 league goals which impressed Everton boss, Roberto Martinez. Thereafter, he signed Lukaku from Chelsea for €35million, a signing which has’nt stopped paying enough dividends.
His performance since joining the Toffees on permanent basis last season has been nothing short of excellent. The Belgium international has been explosive this season, he has scored 19 goals so far, 15 in the league and 4 in the league cup. He also has 5 league assists to his name as well.
During an interview with four four two, the Toffees man finally revealed the secret behind his move to Everton. Lukaku said, “He (Martinez)actually called me three times and I didn’t pick up on the first two, so I’m glad I answered eventually, I discussed it with him, I spoke to Chelsea, I spoke to my mother, and eventually she said ‘Go to Everton’ I haven’t regretted it. Right from the very first training session, It has been great.
“He took me aside and we worked on movement, my hold up play, everything. With all the good young players coming through, it felt like something good was happening.” Lukaku has recently been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, as it was reported that Didier Drogba adviced interim coach, Guus Hiddink to sign the Belgian striker.
Lukaku is reported a target for Chelsea this winter as frustration continues to grow over the indifferent form and attitude of Diego Costa for Chelsea.