PHOTO: New £28m Everton striker kisses badge on Goodison parade

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Everton’s new striker Romelu Lukaku was paraded around Goodison Park during Leon Osman’s testimonial match and showed his affection for the club.

Former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was paraded infront of the Goodison Park faithful for the first time as a permanent Everton player and ended up kissing the club's badge.

The 21-year-old striker joined the Toffees for a record £28million after being linked with a move away from the Blues for much of the summer.

Former boss Jose Mourinho had always cast his doubts over the striker’s motivation to prove himself at Stamford Bridge despite Lukaku’s excellent goalscoring record elsewhere.

Chelsea’s potential loss however is certainly Everton’s gain and as for Lukaku, the striker is just happy to feel wanted again as he told reporters of his eagerness to develop at the club.

“It’s the perfect environment for a young player to grow. That’s why I knew I had to come back. If I want to win titles I need to get better in everything.” He said, quoted by The Express.

“It almost feels that I belong here. That’s why I came back. I have a very good relationship with the players and the staff. Roberto Martinez has been very influential. He’s someone who knows football. Someone I can develop under as a player.”

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Last season, the Belgian international scored 15 Premier League goals and assisted a further six in 31 appearances whilst on loan at Everton, making him Europe’s most effective young striker.

His excellent season form won him a place in Belgium’s World Cup squad where he scored during his nation’s extra-time victory over the United States in the round of 16.

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