Young, burgeoning striker Romelu Lukaku made it know that his life at Everton is great, as the 21-year-old stated that he turned down an offer to exit for Serie A club Juventus this summer.
Lukaku has buried two goals in seven Premier League appearances in the season so far. And since, last year, he recaptured his excellent form from his West Bromwich Albion days, his services surfaced on teams’ radars across the world during the summer transfer window.
“I thought about Serie A and Juventus because they are a big club,” Lukaku said to the Sunday People, via Goal.com. “But for me Everton was perfect.
The Toffees acted on keeping him at Goodison Park, agreeing to a five-year contract in July.
Multiple games into the start of the season, despite his team lingering around the relegation zone at 17th place in the league table, Lukaku has no regrets.
“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 and develop. This club is a good fit for me. They made so many efforts to get me. I feel at home here.”
Part of his reason of remaining with Everton could lie in the view that Roberto Martinez’s side has a solid foundation of youth, and the team itself improved considerably based on their excellent fifth place finish in 2013-14.
According to Lukaku, the belief that his squad can build their reputation as a top-flight club hasn’t diminished.
“Everton play good football, we play at the top part of the league and everyone wants to win,” he said. “We want to show that last year wasn’t a fluke.
“Our mission is to get that Champions League slot because it was in our hands last season and we let it slip.”