Romelu Lukaku on why he turned down Juventus for Everton

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Lukaku moved opted for Everton after leaving Chelsea, when some of Europe's giants expressed their interest.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has said he rejected a move to Serie A champions Juventus in the summer in favour of making his loan move to Goodison Park from last season permanent.

Lukaku completed his switch to Merseyside for £28 million in the summer after a successful first season on Merseyside where he was Everton's top scorer with 16 goals last season.

The 21-year-old Belgian has only struck twice so far during this campaign but the potential and talent he showed for Roberto Martinez's men last season were enough for the Toffees to try and complete a move for him - and for other clubs to express their interest. La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid were also reportedly interested in Lukaku.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I thought about Serie A and Juventus because they are a big club. But for me Everton was ­perfect.

“I’m here and I’m happy.

“I don’t regret any choices I’ve made. Everton was the best choice I could make as a young player who wants to progress and develop.

“This club is a good fit for me. They made so many efforts to get me. I feel at home here."

Now the Belgian has made his choice, he has set his sights on playing at the highest level with Everton and getting them into the Champions League. The side is experiencing its first taste of European football for five years in the Europa League, and have so far taken four points from their opening two games.

He added: “Everton play good football, we play at the top part of the league and everyone wants to win.

“We want to show that last year wasn’t a fluke.

“Our mission is to get that Champions League slot because it was in our hands last season and we let it slip.”

The Toffees arguably face a harder task this season with a Manchester United that has spent big in the summer, Tottenham with a new manager, along with last season's top four. After a summer of change, Southampton have made a terrific start to life under Ronald Koeman. Though they may be a surprise package, the Saints shouldn't be regarded as a side out of contention just yet.

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