Liverpool - Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants Belgian
striker Romelu Lukaku to have a great World Cup, even if it ends up costing the
The Goodison Park outfit have had Lukaku on loan from
Chelsea this season with the 20-year-old forward proving a huge hit by banging
in 14 Premier League goals.
Everton want to make his move permanent at the end of the
season and know that an impressive World Cup showing could push up his price.
But Martinez insists he is not concerned about Lukaku's
"I don't think that's my worry. The worry would be that
if the deal was a cheap one, it would be because he has had a torrid time and
hasn't fulfilled his potential," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"We are too close to Romelu to hope he has a poor
tournament. We hope he has a really good World Cup -- and then decides to come
"We'll see what the best thing is for everyone but
everything will be in stages: how Chelsea are doing in their own squad and how
that frees some players.
"It's going to take a bit of time and I don't think
Romelu's situation is going to be resolved before the World Cup, in truth. I
think it will be after the World Cup."
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