Lukaku plays down Chelsea return

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has cast doubt on his future at Goodison Park but has played down talk of a return to Chelsea.

Lukaku has revealed the Champions League is “the next step” for him and says he is keen to test himself against Europe’s elite in next season’s campaign.

That would appear to cast doubt over his Everton future with the Toffees 13 points behind Manchester City, who currently occupy the final Champions League spot of fourth in the Premier League.

Lukaku said: “That is the next step for me. I’m 23 next summer and I think it would be nice to play in the Champions League from next season.”

Chelsea will not be in the Champions League next season but that has not stopped reports suggesting Antonio Conte would be keen to take the striker back to Chelsea if he is appointed at Stamford Bridge this summer.

However Lukaku insists he does not have any unfinished business at his former club.

“No, I would not say that. I don’t think I have anything to prove against them,” he said. “I moved on, they moved on. It was the best deal for both teams because they won the league and I became a better player so we will see what the future brings.”

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