Lukaku denies anger over Everton loan move

The Chelsea striker insists he was happy to leave Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day to play first team football for the Toffees this season, despite reports to the contrary
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku insists he was happy to complete a season-long loan move to Everton on deadline day.

Lukaku, who is currently away on international duty with Belgium, agreed to the switch prior to the transfer window closing on Monday, rejecting a return to West Brom.

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And the 20-year-old has denied reports suggesting he did not want to leave the Stamford Bridge club for Merseyside.

"I'm very glad [to have joined Everton]," Lukaku told reporters. "I read that some said that I was not happy, but I am very happy.

"This is a club that can bring me a lot, that I can bring a lot to. I still hope to grow and do a good job with this team."

The Belgian indicated the opportunity to play regular first team football at Goodison Park was a key factor in his decision to leave Chelsea for the season.

He added: "I think at my age it is important to play a lot. I have a good relationship with the coach of Chelsea [Jose Mourinho]. Now I hope to have good results."

Everton also completed a £13 million move for James McCarthy on transfer deadline day, while Gareth Barry joined on loan from Manchester City.

Marouane Fellaini was sold to Manchester United for £27.5m meanwhile, with Victor Anichebe joining West Brom for £6m.