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Lukaku hat-trick shows how much he loves Everton - Martinez

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels Romelu Lukaku showed his love for the club on Thursday night.

The Belgian striker caused a little controversy when saying he would like to eventually end up at a big club after the Toffees lost 1-0 to his old side Chelsea last week.

But the former West Bromwich Albion loanee bounced back with a hat-trick in Everton's 4-1 win at Young Boys in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg which suggested to Martinez that he still focused on his current club.

"It's never an issue. Rom was delighted to commit himself to Everton," said Martinez. "He loves playing for Everton, and I think he showed that today.

"A footballer needs to be measured by the way he talks on the pitch. Sometimes a microphone can be put in front of you and people then dissect everything you say and highlight a word or line which is not appropriate.

"There has been a lot written about that - there was a conversation taken a little bit out of context after the Chelsea game.

"It was clearly someone looking for a headline about if Rom wanted to perform in order to come back to Chelsea, and his answer probably didn't reflect what he meant."

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