Romelu Lukaku’s Everton future has been thrown into further doubt after the striker admitted he wants to take the “next step” in his career and compete in the Champions League next season.
Lukaku has been in prolific form since joining Everton from Chelsea, scoring 61 goals in 109 starts over the past three campaigns, and has attracted interest from the likes of PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
And with the Toffees languishing 12th in the Premier League, the Belgium international has revealed he may be forced to move on in the summer.
“That is the next step for me. I’m 23 next summer and I think it would be nice to play in the Champions League from next season,” he told Sky Sports.
Lukaku has been urged by his father to leave Goodison Park and join either Manchester United or Bayern Munich, whom he has also been linked with.
“That is my dad’s point of view; I think those are the teams he likes,” he said. “It means people are keeping an eye on you.
“I have an agent who is dealing with this for me at the moment. I just want to be good, help my team-mates win games and score lots of goals.”
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According to The Sun, incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants the Blues to re-sign Lukaku this summer.
The 22-year-old rejected the notion that he has unfinished business at Stamford Bridge, however, where he failed to make an impact and was rarely given a chance by Jose Mourinho.
“No, I would not say that. I don’t think I have anything to prove against them,” he added.
“I moved on, they moved on. It was the best deal for both teams because they won the league and I became a better player so we will see what the future brings.”