Lukaku’s international team-mate persuaded him to snub West Brom.
Romelu Lukaku’s Belgian international team-mate Kevin Mirallas has revealed he played a big part in persuading the Chelsea youngster to join him at Everton, according to London24.
Lukaku had looked set to make a return to West Brom, where he spent a successful time on loan for the 2012/13 season, but had a late change of heart as he decided on a move to Goodison Park for this year.
The 20-year-old’s departure was met by some surprise after his fine form last season looked to have put him in contention for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge, despite fierce competition from the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
In the end, Chelsea chose to add yet another striker to their squad, signing Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala, and Lukaku was allowed to go out on loan again, with Mirallas saying he did his best to persuade him he would love life at Everton.
“I was with Romelu in his room at the team hotel on Monday night, and I only left when I was sure he was joining us,” said the 25-year-old.
“I was surprised to learn we were in for him, because there had been no inkling, but once I got word, I really went to work.
“I just tried to convince him that Everton was the right step to take and he would love it at Goodison, and I’m really pleased he took it on board.”
Mirallas himself joined the Toffees last summer after moving from Greek side Olympiacos, and managed 9 goals in 33 appearances for the club.
Lukaku, meanwhile, scored 17 league goals for West Brom, and looks an excellent solution to Roberto Martinez’s problems upfront at Everton.