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Lukaku: Everton players' relationship with Martinez was "broken"

Belgian also confirms his plans to leave Everton this summer

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Romelu Lukaku opens up about his Everton future
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Romelu Lukaku has once again confirmed he intends to leave Everton this summer, while also revealing the relationship between Roberto Martinez and his players was "broken" in the final few months of the Spaniard's tenure.

Lukaku hasn't been particularly subtle when it comes to discussing his Everton future. The Belgian has made is clear for months now that he is ready to leave the club and his desire to win trophies and play in the Champions League.

Despite that claim the 23-year-old has also refused to rule out a return to Chelsea, who won't be in the Champions League next season.

His latest comments, while on international duty with Belgium, also shine a light onto the uncomfortable final few weeks of Martinez's tenure at Goodison Park.

Martinez was sacked after a run of just one win in 10 games ensured the club would finish in the bottom half for a second successive season.

The limp, lifeless performances from the players in those final few games suggested Martinez had indeed 'lost' the dressing room, something seemingly confirmed by Lukaku:

“The team did not perform at all. We won two of our last 11 games. When things are broken between the manager and the players it become difficult."

When speaking about his own future Lukaku appeared to confirm a deal had been all but done, but wouldn't elaborate much further:

“In my head I know where I want to go but I’m keeping that to myself.

“You will know when it is concluded. I have to make a good choice but in my head that has happened already.

“I have played there for five years now, it’s my league. But there are other nice clubs. I follow Spanish and German football and I also have something for the Italian league.

“Wherever I go I want to win prizes. During Leicester’s title ceremony I was standing just 10 metres from the trophy. I just stared at it for two minutes, forgetting to get on with the warm-up. I thought to myself, I want that."

While the majority of the fans respect and understand Lukaku's desire to move on he could certainly do so without being so vocal about it.

Constantly talking to the media isn't going to force through his move any quicker amd will only serve to tarnish the final few weeks of his Everton career.

The task for Everton now is to receive as much cash as possible from Lukaku's sale and plough it into a world-class replacement.