By FOX SPORTS staff
The Belgian's purple patch in pre-season convinced some sections of the Chelsea support that he deserved a run-out in Jose Mourinho's starting 11 for the new campaign. However, Lukaku's hopes of doing so came to an end when the club agreed to send the forward out on loan to Everton on the final day of the transfer window.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Lukaku revealed he had just four hours to decide whether to join the Toffees, but a discussion with Mourinho convinced him that he would be better off improving his game at Goodison Park.
"I was sitting in my hotel room in Brussels when the phone went to tell me I was going out on loan again, it was 7 pm, and that was the first I knew of it. There had not been a mention of it before then, but after speaking to my parents, I decided to take the plunge. I talked to the manager as well, and while what he said was confidential, it just underlined that he is the best coach I have worked with. Some beat about the bush, but he comes out straight and tells you what he thinks. As a player, that is what you want," Lukaku stated.
"The important thing, at 20, is to be playing, and while West Brom was an option, Everton was a better one. There are a few things I need to improve in my game, and Everton’s footballing approach and possession play can be perfect for me. My movement and runs to the far post and near post could be better, and I have already had a good, long conversation with the manager Roberto Martinez about that. I’ve also known Kevin Mirallas since I was 14, and that should help. We talked about it (the loan move) all last night [Monday]."
The forward impressed on-loan at West Brom last season and spoke openly of his desire to do well on his return to Chelsea.
Nevertheless, the recent arrival of Mourinho favourite Samuel Eto'o diminished the odds of him securing a place in the starting line-up, though Lukaku insisted that the former Anzhi Makhachkala player's presence was not the reason he agreed to spend another campaign away from Stamford Bridge.
"Samuel Eto’o signing for Chelsea didn’t influence my decision, because I was already behind Fernando Torres in the pecking order anyway," Lukaku pointed out.