Romelu Lukaku wants to be the best striker in the world

By Harvey Byrne

Romelu Lukaku has labelled the story that he’s unhappy with Everton after being forced to pay private jet fees as “nonsense”.

The Daily Mirror reported on Monday morning that the Toffees had refused to pay the bill of a £13,000 private jet fees for the Belgium international and his team-mate Kevin Mirallas to fly back from Cyprus in midweek.

Burnley, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs agreed to stump up the £6,500 per head cost but the Toffees refused because Everton do not play until Monday night, when they face Sunderland.

According to the report, striker Lukaku, who scored twice as Roberto Martinez’s side strolled to a 3-0 win in the 2018 World Cup qualifier, is upset with the decision.

However, Lukaku, 23, was clearly unhappy with that version of events and responded via his personal Twitter account to say that the story was untrue.

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The powerful striker was involved in a window of speculation this summer, with former club Chelsea the most linked club to the Toffees star.

Lukaku moved to Goodison Park from Stamford Bridge for a club-record £28million fee in the summer of 2014 following an impressive loan spell.

The young forward has scored an impressive 61 goals in 127 appearances for Everton, but he has started the new campaign in poor form, failing to score in three encounters in all competitions under Ronald Koeman.

However, he did bag two goals in his most recent match for Belgium against Cyprus in a World Cup qualifier and he will be hoping to form a scoring run in Monday’s clash against Sunderland.

In other Everton team news ,Mark Lawrenson has voiced his doubts over Toffees goalkeepers Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles ahead of the clash against Sunderland on Monday.