Everton's Romelu Lukaku says that Ross Barkley is like a brother to him.
The pair are arguably the Toffees two most influential players on the pitch and it seems that they get on well off the field, too.
Lukaku spoke today of his pleasure that Barkley was back in the first-team, after injury had kept the attacking midfielder out of the entirety of the season up until the weekend.
The 20-year-old returned to help his Everton side pick up a valuable three points against Aston Villa, in a 3-0 win, and Lukaku says he was pleased to have his good friend back on the pitch.
“He is like a friend and brother to me off the pitch,” Lukaku said to the club's official site. “I am very happy that he is back on it because he brings something that the whole team needs.
“He has that rawness, that skill, that power. He is a perfect partner for me to play up front with and I am very happy that he is back.
“There are loads of players who can help me, but he has something that none of us have. I can’t explain it. He is the best player in our team.”
Lukaku and Everton are yet to hit their top form this campaign, but their display on Saturday was the best showing they have given so far
The Belgian was on the score-sheet and the Toffees re-found the form which made them such a threat last year to dismantle Villa.
The side are still in the bottom-half of the Premier League table, but they clearly feel that they can get back to where they want to be now that Barkley is back in contention.
The England international will be looking to find top form rapidly, as he looks to recover from the initial set-back of injury this campaign as quickly as possible.
The side's next game comes against Lille in the Europa League, before they face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.