Belgium rejected the chance to return to West Brom in favour of joining the Toffees for this campaign.
New Everton front-man Romelu Lukaku has revealed that it was an easy decision to move to Goodison Park on a season-long loan deal this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The massive Belgian international was expecting to stay at Chelsea this season and play under returning Blues head coach Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, that is until he was told that the west London club wanted to send him out on loan again this campaign.
Lukaku, 20, spent last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion, where the powerful striker was a big hit with the Baggies, registering an impressive 17 goals and four assists in his 35 Premier League outings under Steve Clarke’s management at the Hawthorns.
And the West Midlands outfit were also keen on signing Lukaku on loan again for this season, only for the forward to instead opt to join Roberto Martinez’s Everton after having a long conversation with the Toffees’ boss prior to agreeing to the loan switch.
The Belgian also revealed that his international colleague Kevin Mirallas played a role in convincing him to move to Merseyside, although Lukaku will have to wait a while longer before he can make his debut for Martinez’s side as they take on Chelsea at Goodison on Saturday night, with the rules of his loan move preventing the attacker for playing against his parent club.
“It was a crazy evening. I was sitting in my hotel room in Brussels when the phone went to tell me I was going out on loan again. It was 7pm, and that was the first I knew of it,” said Lukaku.
“There had not been a mention of it before then, but after speaking to my parents, I decided to take the plunge.
“Different clubs called me and I had to take the right decision. Roberto Martinez called me for 30 minutes and explained me what he expects from me.
“I decided that Everton was the best choice. They are a more prominent club than West Brom where I had a good time. The important thing, at 20, is to be playing, and while West Brom was an option, Everton was a better one.
“I’ve also known Kevin Mirallas since I was 14, and that should help. We talked about [the loan move] and I am looking forward to playing.”