Chelsea’s repeated attempts to persuade Romelu Lukaku for a Stamford Bridge return seems to have infuriated Everton, who have decided to take the same stance they adopted with John Stones 12 months ago by refusing to sell, according to Daily Mail.
Though Chelsea still remains confident that Antonio Conte will eventually take their former player back to Stamford Bridge with an offer of £65million plus Loic Remy, Everton claims they haven’t received any kind of contact — nor do they intend to encourage it.
Lukaku has remained keen to make a move throughout the summer, frequently speaking about it, but now it seems Everton’s intention to keep him and they have even opened talks about extending his contract, which has three years to run.
The exciting forward managed 25 goals in 46 appearances for the Toffees last season, but was unable to hit the back of the net for the final ten games of the campaign – which played a major part in manager Roberto Martinez’s eventual sacking.
With Lukaku at the forefront of Chelsea’s attacking unit, the Blues could climb up the Premier League table and challenge for silverware next season. Conte may even deploy him alongside Diego Costa – and the two strikers could form a lethal partnership upfront.
The Belgian intends to test his skills whilst playing for a club worthy of Champions League football. And although Chelsea failed to qualify for next season’s elite European competition, Conte can lead the Blues back to the top and Lukaku can be the focal point of Chelsea’s potent offensive unit.
Lukaku isn’t world class just yet but he has shown enough potential to suggest that, with the right guidance, he will mature into a top talent. The Belgium forward is still just 23 years old and Conte could be the right man to get the best out of him – especially with the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Willian playing in behind.
If nothing else, Lukaku’s wide array of skills will appeal to Conte and the Italian may already be planning to build around the Belgian striker for many years to come.