Toffees chief ready to play the waiting game for Lukaku.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hinted that he will be ready to wait until after the World Cup to resolve the future of on loan striker Romelu Lukaku as he believes nothing will happen before the tournament kicks off next month, according to Goal.com.
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The 20-year-old has impressed in his second consecutive season away from Stamford Bridge by bagging 14 goals in 30 Premier League appearances for the Toffees, and manager Roberto Martinez is keen to acquire his services on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
However, the Spaniard admitted that he will most likely have to wait until after this summer’s World Cup before he is able to even think about making an offer for the Belgium international.
“I don’t think that’s my worry,” he is quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo.
“The worry would be that if the deal was a cheap one, it would be because he has had a torrid time and hasn’t fulfilled his potential.
“The reason Romelu came to Everton was for him to take a big role, take a lot of responsibility, to start playing 90 minutes and be a real brain in that forward line, and he has done that so we couldn’t be happier.
“The parent club, Chelsea, are delighted with his progress and the player has developed an incredible relationship with our fans. His memories will never evaporate, but we will see what’s next.
“We’ll see what’s the best thing for everyone. But everything will be in stages: how Chelsea are doing in their own squad and how that frees some players.
“It’s going to take a bit of time and I don’t think Romelu’s situation is going to be resolved before the World Cup, in truth. I think it will be after the World Cup.”