Everton chairman hopeful his ‘good friends’ at Chelsea will do the Blues a favour in race for Romelu Lukaku
Bill Kenwright has claimed the relationship he has with “good friends” at Chelsea may help Everton secure the services of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku spent an impressive season on-loan at Goodison Park, finishing as the clubs leading scorer and chairman Kenwright has told Sky Sports News how much he would love to see the 21-year old striker back in the Royal Blue of Everton next season.
“Romelu was a great addition to Everton. I have to tell you, off the pitch as well as on, he is an extraordinary boy. As you know he speaks all those languages, he’s got a terrific family and he walks the walk as well as talking the talk,” said Kenwright.
“We would love to have him back and people at Chelsea are good friends of mine so we are hopeful.
But he is at the World Cup now and I think we will have to see what happens at the World Cup.”
Kenwright also spoke highly of another of last seasons loan stars, Gareth Barry, and the Everton chairman claimed work on a permanent deal for the free-agent is ongoing.
“Lukaku we would love to keep. Gareth Barry we would love to keep and that is ongoing work and we obviously have to add to the squad, so it is non-stop.
“Gareth Barry had a great season for us and I know the manager has spoken to him and I will meet with his people and we are hopeful that he will be there next season.”
On Gerard Deulofue, the third of Everton’s loanees, who has returned to parent club Barcelona, Kenwright said:
“Who’s to say what will happen to Deulofeu next season but there will be other Deulofeus that he [Roberto Martinez] will be looking at,” he said.