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Romelu Lukaku wants to play Champions League football; agrees he might leave Everton

Romelu Lukaku admits he wants to play in the UEFA Champions League
Modified 19 Mar 2016

Everton frontman, Romelu Lukaku, is desperate to play in the UEFA Champions League but insists that he will 'fight' with Everton for a move away with multiple clubs looking to sign him. 

The big Belgian has been in fine form this season already scoring 25 goals already and is all set to beat Gary Lineker's record of 30 goals scored by an Evertonian in the English top flight – set back in 1986. 

The English media – and Spanish media – were rife with articles linking the former Chelsea man to Manchester United and Arsenal and both those clubs likely to secure Champions League qualification for the upcoming season, a move there might be tempting. When asked if he saw himself play for one of those clubs, he said, "That's looking far ahead and I don't want to do that. I'm 23 this summer. I have been playing (professionally) since I was 16 and never had a taste of the Champions League.

"It is going to be seven years. You think about it -- if it is going to happen. Champions League football is really the next step.

"If something happens, it will be for the good of the club. I don't want to leave in a fight, if it happens. I won't say this or that. It is going to be good for me personally and for the club."

Having joined and then subsequently shunned out of Chelsea, Lukaku admits he owes a chunk of his success to his current manager, Roberto Martinez. 

"They were the ones who believed in me at a time when nobody believed in me and they gave me a platform to perform," he said.

"I have tried to repay them by doing good performances, but I have an agent who deals with the interest. I do not want to be bothered with it. I just want to play my football.

"I have an open relationship with the manager. I will be honest enough with him to say what I think. But we have 10 more games to go and we are not at that point yet."

Published 19 Mar 2016, 16:54 IST
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