'I am really happy here' - Lukaku settled at Everton amid talk of new deal and Chelsea interest

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The Belgium international is poised to pen fresh terms at Goodison Park, but speculation continues to suggest he could be on the move in the summer

Romelu Lukaku claims to be “really happy” at Everton, with a potential new contract or big-money summer transfer issues that will be addressed by his agent.

Mino Raiola manages the Belgium international’s career and has admitted that fresh terms with the Toffees are close for the 23-year-old striker.

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Talk of an extension to his current deal has rumbled on for some time, though, and speculation continues to suggest that he could soon be on the move regardless of whether he signs or not.

A return to Chelsea has been mooted, while Europe’s top clubs are keeping a close on the Premier League’s 17-goal joint-top scorer.

Lukaku, though, insists that he is focused purely on his football, with future contracts and interest from afar only possible if he works hard on his game.

Romelu Lukaku Everton

He told Sky Sports: "My agent has been doing the talks and I think you can see from what I do on the pitch that I am really happy here.

"For me, I have to keep on going as well as I can. If you look at the best players in the world they are constantly improving.

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"I don't want to peak too early, I want to keep getting better year after year."

Lukaku, who now sits alongside Duncan Ferguson with a club-high 60 Premier League goals for Everton, added: "I'm working harder, I run more. I think that's been first of all, I got more consistency and the manager wanted me to do more on the pitch as well.

"I think for me it's been good, a nice journey and I'm learning a lot. I feel much better in my skin the way we're playing now and I want to keep on improving like the rest of the team has to do."

Ronald Koeman, Everton, Premier League, 10302016

A desire to compete on a Champions League stage has sparked much of the transfer talk surrounding Lukaku, and Everton boss Ronald Koeman acknowledges that it is important to match those ambitions if key men are to remain on Merseyside.

He said: "The best we can do as Everton is show to everybody that we are growing as a club which will fight to win titles because every player, every manager has ambitions in football, I think that's normal.

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"If you don't have ambition, stop playing football and stop life because you need ambitions to get the best out of yourself.

"As Everton, we need to show all the players that we are growing and we will finally win titles but I understand players wanting to play in the Champions League, it's a normal ambition and we will see what will happen with Romelu and other players."

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