By Amir Mir
Ronald Koeman has revealed that Romelu Lukaku has committed his long-term future to Everton and has withdrawn his transfer request, according to a report.
Sky Sports reported that the Belgium international had previously asked for a move away from Goodison Park amid strong interest from Chelsea.
Koeman has now informed supporters that the 23-year-old wants to stay with the club, following his talks with the player.
“Ten days before the transfer deadline he came into the manager’s office and said he was no longer leaving and had decided to stay at Everton,” Koeman wrote in his column in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“His decision is the same value as a big money transfer. He is not only a good player but a fine person. He lives his football in the fashion that you would want a top footballer to.
“It is great to work with him and I think he had seen that we want to engineer improvement at every corner. To develop him into a really top player is the challenge before me.”
Lukaku left Chelsea two years ago when he became the Merseysiders’ £28million club-record signing following an impressive season on loan at the club.
The Belgium international has starred in 127 encounters for Everton, which includes an initial season-long loan before his permanent move, scoring 61 goals.
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