By Danny Wright
Professional boxer Tony Bellew has joked that he will pick a fight with whoever signs Romelu Lukaku from Everton this summer.
The 24-year-old is heavily linked with a move back to Chelsea before the start of next season as he aims to play in the Champions League.
However Bellew, a former WBC cruiserweight champion, has aimed a light-hearted threat in order to try and help his beloved Everton keep hold of the Belgian international, but isn’t keen on a scrap with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
“Who will I fight next? Whoever tries to take Romelu Lukaku,” said the 34-year-old to TalkSport, as quoted on their website.
“He [Conte] looks a lively fella. I’m trying to pick on people my own size.”
Bellew makes no secret of his support for Everton and became WBC cruiserweight champions in 2016 when he beat Ilunga Makabu by knock-out at Goodison Park.
Lukaku has already said that he has an agreement with another club – meaning that Bellew might have to jump into action sooner rather than later.
The 59-times Belgium international scored 26 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions for Everton this season as they qualified for the Europa League in seventh place in the Premier League.
He has been at Goodison Park since 2013 when he initially moved there from Chelsea on a loan deal after spending the season before with West Brom.
Lukaku then made the switch permanent a year later and has since netted 87 time in 166 appearances for the Toffees.
In other Everton news, the Merseysiders are keen on signing this Barcelona attacker.