Though the move is not official, Romelu Lukaku has thanked Everton fans with an Instagram post this evening. The Belgian striker is set to move to Manchester United for a record fee this week and he took to Instagram to thank the fans.
I want to say a big thank you to all the people involved at @everton. I want to thank the fans for your support throughout the 4 years we've spend together. You guys helped me through all my games and I can proudly say it was an honour to play in front of you. To the staff at the the stadium and trainingground thank you for making me feel home from the first day i walked in. To my teammates it was great to play with you guys. To technical staff thank you for helping me become a better player. Working with you guys has been a pleasure and i'll take ur advice throughout the rest of my career. Thank you everton football club
Ever since the impending move was announced my Manchester United last week the expectation was that he would be unveiled on Monday morning in the United States where Manchester United has started preseason camp.
Despite the misplaced anger and frustration from Everton fans, Lukaku’s farewell message was a nice gesture to the club that put him on the path to stardom. Though Lukaku was thought of as a promising youngster while at Chelsea, his time at Everton made him a star.
Now Everton can officially turn to finding his replacement. With Wayne Rooney officially arriving today many Everton fans will now wonder who the next striker brought into the club will.