He’s one of the Premier League’s outstanding players this season but things were very nearly different for Romelu Lukaku and Everton.
The Belgian striker moved to Goodison Park permanently from Chelsea in 2014 for a massive £28 million fee, following a successful loan spell on Merseyside, and currently has 15 goals this season.
But the 22-year-old has revealed that things could have been very different had his mum not urged him to join the Toffees.
He even admits to ignoring current manager Robert Martinez’s phone calls before having a change of heart.
In the latest issue of FourFourTwo Magazine, Lukaku says: “He [Martinez] actually called me three times and I didn’t pick up on the first two, so I’m glad I answered eventually.
“I discussed it with him, I spoke to Chelsea, I spoke to my mother, and eventually she said: ‘Go to Everton.’ I haven’t regretted it.”
Lukaku sits joint-top of the Premier League’s scoring charts this season, as well as three additional goals in the League Cup, and he admits he’s playing at the top of his game.
He added: “From the first game this season, against Watford, I’ve been getting close to being the complete striker.
“I have the mentality, and I am very… constant. Whoever we play against, I know what to do.
“If they don’t leave space behind, I’ll be playing with my back to goal. I know I’ll find a way to score. I just want more, because it feels great.”