Martinez believes Lukaku can be ‘world-class’

Roberto Martinez has discussed the signing of Romelu Lukaku at Everton and said that he believes the Belgian can become a ‘world-class’ striker.

After weeks of negotiations over the future of Belgian international Lukaku, Everton have finally completed a permanent deal for the striker, securing him on a five-year contract.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park and had an impressive time under boss Roberto Martinez, scoring 15 Premier League goals.

But, his return to parent club Chelsea caused doubt amongst Everton fans, who had called for him to stay on Merseyside.

After agreeing a fee with Chelsea, Everton were ready to announce the deal on Wednesday morning but last minute paperwork saw them forced to wait until later that evening.

And, boss Roberto Martinez has discussed his delight at the signing, calling for the striker to become one of the best in the world.

He told reporters: “Romelu was our number one target. It had to be a record fee transfer. He is worth every penny.

“Rom will never say it but his target should be to become one of the best world-class strikers.

“It’s a very significant day in the history of our club, it’s every Evertonian’s wish to sign Rom, and this is a footballing statement of what we want to do.”