Martinez: Lukaku more than just a signing

July 31, 2014
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed as 'a big moment' the permanent signing of striker Romelu Lukaku in a £28million deal from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old Belgium international, who helped his country reach the quarter-finals at the World Cup finals in Brazil, netted 15 Premier League goals for the Toffees last season during a season-long loan.

And Lukaku has now opted to make the switch a permanent one, with a host of other clubs having tracked him this summer.

Therefore, Martinez is delighted to have landed Lukaku, telling the club's official website: "We know that Romelu is still a young man and the potential that he has is quite unique.

"We are desperate to see him enjoying his football and to watch him grow as footballer in the years to come.

"His arrival is more than just a signing, it's the fruition of a lot of hard work to get the player we wanted. This is a big moment for Everton's history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season."

Martinez had already enjoyed a productive week, with England schemer Ross Barkley signing a new four-year contract and Bosnia midfielder Muhamed Besic joining on a five-year contract from Ferencvaros.

Everton finished in fifth place in the Premier League last season, qualifying for the Europa League this term.

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