Everton boss: Chelsea sold us one of the best players in the world

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne Belgium

Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes new signing Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea is one of the best players in the world.

Everton’s new signing Romelu Lukaku has been labelled one of the best in the world by current boss Roberto Martinez.

The Spanish coach has been consistent with his praise for the Belgian international as he once again reminds Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho of his former player’s talents.

Last February, a week after the Blues unconvincingly beat Everton at Stamford Bridge courtesy of a 93rd minute John Terry winner, Martinez considered the then on-loan Lukaku as the complete number nine, stating:

“As a number nine he is as complete as you are going to get in world football, something which is a rare breed - to have such a talented footballer having that target man role.”

Despite an excellent loan spell with the Toffees where he notched 15 Premier League goals, Mourinho was less impressed and discarded him from his long-term plans at Stamford Bridge.

As such, Lukaku returned to the blue of Merseyside for a club record £28 million where Martinez has now gone one further by suggesting that the Blues have sold him one of the best players in the world.

“For me, at 21, Lukaku is one of the best players in world football. That is not me saying it with a bias, the stats show it - the amount of goals he has scored at a young age. Everything he has as a striker is exactly what we wanted, long term. So that is a real success.” He said, quoted by the Mirror.

At his current age of 21 years and 87 days, Lukaku has netted 61 goals in both Belgium and England’s top flight.

His goalscoring record triumphs that of a number of world class players at the same age, including Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie as well as Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

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