Everton talisman Romelu Lukaku has revealed that a Premier League outfit were ‘really keen’ to recruit him over the summer, only for the Toffees to prevent a sale.
The 23-year-old striker was linked with Chelsea during pre-season, with the Blues strongly touted to land their ex-employee, after netting 45 goals in two campaigns since leaving in a deal worth £28million.
Serie A giants Juventus were also said to be interested in the Belgian’s services before parting with £75.95m (€90m) to sign Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain.
Toffees manager Ronald Koeman – who recently angered supporters after claiming that Lukaku is good enough to play for Barcelona – is credited as keeping the Antwerp-born star on Merseyside.
‘I’m not going to lie. There was a specific club in England who was really keen to buy me,’ Lukaku admitted to Sport/Voetbalmagazine.
‘But Everton’s new staff made me understand they didn’t want me to leave. What can you do when that happens?’
Lukaku is open to a move abroad to realise his career aims further down the line but is desperate to claim the Premier League title.
‘That’s the trophy I want, that’s what I work for, to win that title,’ he added.
‘I would not say no to Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 or the Bundesliga but, before such a move, several conditions need to be met.
‘First I need a coach to work with who believes in me as there is no point in signing for someone and then realise on the spot that the system is not designed for me.’
Following their 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday, Everton next face Watford at Vicarage Road at Sunday lunchtime.