Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has explained that the club's lack of ambition this season in the Premier League played a significant role for him to have refused to sign a new deal.
The Toffees chiefs were all stunned on Tuesday, March 15 when the forward rejected a 5-year contract extension he was offered.
His current deal with Everton will expire at the end of the year 2019, and it was stated that the Belgian professional footballer wants a move away from Goodison park.
Lukaku reckons he is close to being spoken of in the same breath as the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez and must play at the highest level to prove it.
And Everton's failure to move forward as quickly as he was promised last year means he sees the only way of getting to the top is away from Merseyside.
“Everton as a football club have a great history, but the future has to be written, you get me?
“We always talk about the teams of the 80s and 70s and it was great, but you want to be remembered by winning trophies at the end of the day. So instead of living in the past, you have to think ahead.
“You have to think how this club has to grow, how it has to improve, which player does it want to bring in so you can challenge for the big trophies.
“I don’t know what the board’s plan is, but there were some players I knew the club could have got and they didn’t, and they’re playing in this League. I am not saying names, but they are doing well.” he explained.
Meanwhile Chelsea are reportedly ready to make a move for the 23-year-old to return to Stamford bridge this summer in which many pundits believes is the reason Lukaku rejected a new deal at Everton.