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Inter Milan striker Lukaku: Emenalo pushed me to Everton

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku says he values his time at Everton.

Lukaku spent four seasons on Merseyside and became a crucial member of the Everton setup under two different managers, establishing himself as the club's top goalscorer in the Premier League.

He told fellow former Everton man Andy van der Meyde: "Everton was good!

"I came there and I just wanted to play! At that moment I was in a difficult situation at Chelsea, I just turned 20, at the end of the season we had the World Cup in Brazil.

"I really wanted to play in a team that plays good football and where I'd be in the starting 11.

"Then Everton came with Roberto Martinez. He called me two hours before the deadline.

"I spoke to Demba Ba and he said, 'Rom, what are you going to do? Are you staying or leaving?'

"I said, 'Look, my friend, I'm willing to leave'. But, I wanted to go back to West Bromwich Albion. I wanted to go back there, I already received the whole training schedule from West Brom for the whole month.

"Then Michael Emenalo called me, the old managing director of Chelsea, and said, 'You did well at West Brom, but you need to try and play for a club who's closer to the top.'

"I said that's true, because if I do well there I probably would get my chance at Chelsea. I'll go to Everton and say yes to Roberto Martinez. He called me twice and I didn't even pick up the phone."

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