On this day in 2014: Romelu Lukaku joined Everton FC for a club-record fee


Everton signed Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £28million on this day in 2014.

The then 21-year-old, who was on loan at Goodison Park last season and was top scorer with 16 goals in 33 games to help them finish fifth in the Premier League, has signed a five-year deal.

Lukaku had played just 15 times at Stamford Bridge in three years, which was perhaps a harbinger of what was to come for him.

“I have no bad feelings about Chelsea. They gave me the opportunity to come to England and gave me high hopes to play football,” he said.

“I’ve trained with world-class players and worked under world-class managers and I wouldn’t be here without them.

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

“I had to be where it felt right and here I have the trust of all the technical staff, also the trust of the supporters and I can grow and develop.

Lukaku is now back at Inter Milan after an unfortunate return to Chelsea last summer (Adam Davy/PA)

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

Lukaku made a further 110 Premier League appearances for Everton, scoring 53 goals, before the Toffees almost tripled their money when he joined Manchester United in 2017.

After a successful spell at Inter Milan, Lukaku returned to Chelsea for a fee of almost £100m but it was an unfortunate return to west London.

He scored just 15 goals in 44 games in all competitions but fell out with boss Thomas Tuchel after a poorly judged TV interview and was loaned back to San Siro earlier in the summer. On this day in 2014: Romelu Lukaku joined Everton FC for a club-record fee

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