On This Day: Romelu Lukaku joins Everton from Chelsea
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On This Day: Romelu Lukaku joins Everton from Chelsea

On this day in 2014, Everton bought Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for a club-record price of £28 million.

Lukaku only appeared 15 times in three years at Stamford Bridge, which was a major influence in his intention to continue with the Toffees.

The then-21-year-old signed a five-year contract after spending the previous season on loan at Goodison Park, where he was their top scorer with 16 goals in 33 games, helping them finish fifth in the Premier League.

"I don't have hard feelings against Chelsea. They gave me the opportunity to come to England and gave me high hopes of playing football," he said.

"I trained with world-class players and worked under world-class managers and without them, I wouldn't be here.

"But last year was a very good year and after a short period of time, I had the feeling it was the best place to grow as a young footballer.

"I needed to be in the place where it felt right and here I have the confidence of all the technical staff, the trust of the supporters as well and I can grow and develop.

"I have a very good relationship with the players and staff so for me, this is the place where I belong."

Lukaku went on to make another 110 Premier League appearances for Everton, scoring 53 goals, before joining Manchester United in 2017. The Toffees practically tripled their money.

Lukaku is presently a player of Inter Milan, where he has scored 64 goals in 95 games.

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