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Lukaku delivers message to his critics as Chelsea target plays football in LA

Date Posted,June 27, 2017

Romeu Lukaku has hit back at his critics who slated him for playing football on Chelsea -branded pitch.

The Everton striker has been linked with a big-money return to Stamford Bridge this summer.

And he heightened speculation when he was filmed playing five-a-side football on a pitch surrounded by Chelsea badges.

The Belgium international, 24, responded with a message for his followers on Instagram after posting a new video playing on an unbranded pitch with friends during his holiday in Los Angeles.

“You can see I’m here playing football today in LA. But look no banners. I hope you’re all happy. Have a good day.”

Lukaku was criticised after being filmed playing football on a Chelsea branded pitch (Photo: Romelu Lukaku Instagram)

Manchester United are also understood to be monitoring Lukaku’s movements this summer.

Goodson Park team-mate Phil Jagielka , meanwhile, has warned Everton’s stars they must spread the goal-scoring load next season if Lukaku leaves.

The 24-year-old hit 25 goals last season as Ronald Koeman’s men finished seventh in the Premier League. Their next top-scorer was wantaway Ross Barkley — who has also snubbed a new deal — with just five, and then came Seamus Coleman, Kevin Mirallas and own goals with four each.

Koeman has sought to the address the problem by spending £23.6million on Ajax captain Davy Klaassen , a midfielder who scored 49 goals for the Dutch giants in 163 games.

Lukaku’s future remains uncertain (Photo: REUTERS)

He also wants Swansea attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored nine times and gave 13 assists for the Welshmen last term, and is closing in on two new strikers, Henry Onyekuru — 22-goal joint-top scorer in Belgium this past term for KAS Eupen — and Sandro Ramires, who netted 14 for Spain’s Malaga.

Defender Jagielka, who scored three times last season — remarkably, in three successive April games — stresses ALL Everton players will have to raise their game when it comes to sticking the ball in the net if Lukaku does go.

“His goals would be a massive loss. But it would be up to the manager and the club to replace him,” said the 34-year-old England international.

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“Most clubs would want Romelu Lukaku in their team. If it’s not to be us next season, we have to make sure we’ve got people that either come in or step up to the plate.

“The one disappointing thing – obviously not that Romelu’s got us all those goals – but that not any other people hit double figures. If you are going to compete at the top level you need three or four people getting at least eight goals and upwards and that’s something we’ll obviously be looking at.

“We’ve just signed a new boy ourselves [Klaassen].

Everton snapped up Klaassen from Ajax earlier this month (Photo: Everton FC)

“There are a few players you’d expect possibly to leave and if they do perhaps we’ll need more replacements again. So I think there will be a pretty big up-turn in what faces you see come the start of August.”

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