Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, linked with a £60 million return to Stamford Bridge in the summer, has spoken out regarding speculation suggesting he would return to Chelsea days after he scored his 50th goal for Everton in his three seasons at the club, saying:
“My agent doesn’t talk to me about that really. He is doing a good job with the club — and we will see what happens. He just wants me to be focused on performances.”
The Belgian has started the season in fine form with seven goals and three assists in the opening nine games of the Premier League season, and the 23-year-old will likely continue to be linked with the Blues despite Everton’s refusal to sell.
Another young player with bags of potential is Kurt Zouma, who is now preparing to rejoin training with the first team squad after he completed an hour with the under 23s in a 1-1 draw against their Everton counterparts on Monday night. After eight months out, Antonio Conte has reinforced the importance of him gaining match fitness before joining the intensity of training with his teammates.
The Frenchman’s serious knee injury came at the worst possible time and has seen him miss the start of the Antonio Conte era, and whilst it may be difficult for him to get an opportunity in the starting eleven based on current form, he should fit in well in the new system with three at the back.
One player who is struggling to adapt is Branislav Ivanovic, who has not featured since defeat at Arsenal, and the Serbian is now preparing for life after his contract expires in the summer with a renewal unlikely. The 32-year-old is settled with his family in London, having moved in 2008 when he joined the club, and wants to remain in the capital according to the Evening Standard.
West Ham, Crystal Palace and Watford are all monitoring the situation, but will force the right back, who can also play as a central defender, to take a pay cut on his current £90,000 per week deal.
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