Everton’s new signing Romelu Lukaku has revealed his delight at making the move to Goodison Park.
Toffee’s manager Roberto Martinez swooped late in the transfer window to sign the Belgian International, holding off a late move from West Bromwich Albion, on a season-long loan deal.
“I am very glad,” he said on Sky Sports News. “I read that some said I was not happy but I am very happy – this is a club that can bring me a lot, and I can bring a lot too.
“I still hope to grow and bring a lot to this team.”
Despite scoring 17 goals on loan at WBA last season and featuring in in 3 of Chelsea’ 4 games so far this season Blues manager Jose Mourinho felt that Lukaku was better served with another loan move.
With Samuel Eto’o arriving at the Bridge Lukaku ‘s playing time would have been limited with the player acknowledging that he getting game time is more important at this stage of his career.
“I think at my age it is important to play a lot, I have a good relationship with the coach at Chelsea and I hope to have good results,” he added.
While Lukaku will return to Chelsea at the end of his loan spell Martinez has offered hope to another one of his loan stars, Gareth Barry.
Everton had hoped to secure the England midfielder on a permanent deal but with the clock ticking down it was agreed to make the move a loan move and discuss a permanent deal at another time.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Martinez revealed that he would like to see the mid-fielder stay at Goodison Park for a number of years to come “What we want is to find a way where Gareth can come and be a part of Everton and enjoy his football, and we can all enjoy his experience and his quality.
“After that, we will see if there is an opportunity to see him for many years to come – because I do believe Gareth has got a long-term future at the club.” `
Barry also opened the door to a permanent move to Merseyside, telling reporters at his unveiling at the club’s training ground “Obviously that will happen if I can produce good performances this season, stay fit and put a good run of games together,”
“That is all down to me impressing the club, so I don’t see why that can’t happen.”
The final day proved to be a busy one for the club with five deals in total taking place with Barry and Lukaku joined by Wigan midfielder James McCarthy with Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe heading for Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion respectively.