Roberto Martinez hails Romelu Lukaku’s historic Everton move

Everton manager Roberto Martinez hails Romelu Lukaku's move to the Toffees as a big moment in club's history

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Roberto Martinez has hailed Romelu Lukaku’s club-record £28m move as a “big moment” in Everton’s history.

The 21-year-old Belgium international has put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Merseyside outfit on Wednesday after swapping Chelsea for Everton.

This is a big moment for Everton’s history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season

Roberto Martinez

And Toffees manager Martinez is confident that Lukaku, who scored 15 goals during a season-long loan at Goodison Park, can continue to improve.

“Welcoming Romelu Lukaku back to Everton on a permanent basis is the news that all Evertonians wanted to hear,” Martinez told Everton’s website.

“We know that Romelu is still a young man and the potential that he has is quite unique, and we are desperate to see him enjoying his football and to watch him grow as footballer in the years to come.

“The arrival of Rom is more than just a signing, it’s the fruition of a lot of hard work to get the player we wanted. This is a big moment for Everton’s history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season.”

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright added: “Romelu was a massive part of the jigsaw for Roberto and Everton and nobody is more pleased than me that an 11-month quest ended at lunchtime today, thanks hugely to the efforts of all parties, including Rom, his representative, Chelsea and, of course, Roberto.”

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