By Emma Sanders

Romelu Lukaku has revealed he stayed at Everton this summer because Ronald Koeman convinced him to while he was on international duty.

The Everton striker was wanted by his former club Chelsea but Lukaku chose to stay at Everton because he was surprised at the honesty shown from his new boss.

Koeman joined Everton this summer after taking over from Roberto Martinez who now manages Lukaku in internationals for Belgium.

“When [Ronald Koeman] called me during the European Championships, I told him how I felt,” said Lukaku, as reported by the Express.

“I was surprised how honest he was with me. He was honest in the way that he wanted to work and how he wanted the team to play. He saw me as an important figure and a big character.”

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The 23-year-old was linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge and the Express reported Antonio Conte was willing to spend £65million on the striker.

The Blues sold Lukaku in 2014 for £28million after he had enjoyed a successful loan spells in Merseyside and he was never really given the opportunity at Chelsea.

Lukaku has already scored seven goals in nine Premier League fixtures this season, with only Chelsea’s Diego Costa boasting a better goal-scoring record in the league.

He scored a goal and grabbed an assist during Everton’s latest 2-0 victory over West Ham this Sunday and has proven to be a key figure for Koeman’s side.

In other Everton news, Lukaku gave this emphatic verdict of Ross Barkley.