Lukaku: I could shun Chelsea and stay at Everton - really?

The Belgium international has admitted that he could move to Goodison Park permanently if they qualify for the Champions League.

Romelu Lukaku is undoubtedly one of the most in-form strikers in the Premier League this season, netting seven goals in as many games for Everton.

Many questioned why Chelsea allowed the Belgium international to leave Stamford Bridge on loan this season, with the Blues having issues of their own in attack.

With a public feud between Lukaku and Jose Mourinho making the paper on Friday, the powerful attacker has admitted that he could well leave west London in the near future.

When asked if he would consider leaving Chelsea to sign for Everton permanently, the striker seemed open to the suggestion.

"It's not a bad idea. If we play Champions League, yeah, why not?" Lukaku told the BBC.

"I was watching the games this week and I miss European football a lot.

"I would like to be successful at Chelsea but I have to work and grow and be a better player and then at the end of the season see what is the best decision for my career."

Are Lukaku’s comments merely a threat to his parent club, or would he actually consider staying with Everton if they finished in the top four?

The first thing to say is that every player wants to be on the pitch regularly, and Lukaku is too much of a talent to be sitting on the bench – wherever he plays his football next season.

The Belgium international has all the attributes to be a world-beater if given the chance at Chelsea, but whether or not this is forthcoming remains to be seen.

If Everton did manage to get into the Champions League qualification places it would give the striker the European football he craves. However, for the former Anderlecht star to play at the top level, competing for trophies, he needs to return to Chelsea or move to a similarly competitive side.

Everton are a club that are fully capable of breaking into the top four this season and can continue to push the big boys all the way. However, in the long run, Lukaku’s chances of silverware and glory are better served at a club like Chelsea.

One thing is for sure – Lukaku is a massive talent that is ready to be on Europe’s best strikers. All he needs is a platform to show his abilities and the faith of his manager.

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