Former Chelsea star ‘better than Diego Costa’

Romelu Lukaku’s agent has put a cat amongst the pigeons with comments that the Everton striker is better than Chelsea’s Diego Costa and will be looking for a Goodison Park exit soon.

The Belgium international’s future has been a point of contention for a number of months, with the powerhouse striker linked with a move away from the Merseyside club.

Lukaku recently changed his agent to the outspoken Mino Raiola, who also represents Paul  Pogba and a host of other top players.

The Italian representative has stated that Lukaku is too good for Everton and will be playing in one of the continent’s top teams in the near future if he has anything to do with it.

“If we had met each other earlier, he wouldn’t have played for Everton,” Raiola is quoted as saying by The Guardian.

“Maybe somewhere else, maybe he would still be at Chelsea. I want to be clear: Romelu is a better striker than Diego Costa and could have done the same as the Spaniard did this season.

“But the Chelsea directors had decided to buy another star than giving confidence to one of their young boys.

“Juventus was interested in him last summer but I want to be clear: I don’t think one of the Italian teams can pay that amount of money for one player. It’s almost impossible.

“We have never said he would leave at the end of this season. We will see what happens in the summer, but the Everton directors don’t have to think Rom will play there for the rest of his career.

“Later on, he’ll play for one of world’s best teams: PSG, Manchester City, Manchester United or Bayern Munich. Big names, but nothing is impossible as Rom has great potential.”

Lukaku lit up Goodison Park while on loan from Chelsea last season but has struggled to find his best form consistently since a £28 million move to Merseyside last summer.

Raiola’s words are sure to be a frustration for Roberto Martinez, who previously stated that Lukaku had not changed agents in order to fashion a move away from Everton.