Everton hero Romelu Lukaku insisted he did not feel he had anything to prove to Chelsea during their FA Cup quarter-final at Goodison Park. The Belgian striker signed for the west London club as a teenager but subsequently left to join Everton, after it was deemed he was not good enough for Chelsea at that stage in his career.
Lukaku, 22, scored an impressive brace for the Toffees in their FA Cup triumph over Guus Hiddink's men on Merseyside. But the burly centre-forward rubbished the idea he was trying to prove a point to his former employers during his man-of-the-match display.
"It feels great, I am just happy for the team and to do something we wanted. Now we have 90 minutes to go and we delivered a good performance after the loss against West Ham," the Everton goal hero said after the game, according to the BBC.
Lukaku's first goal was a particularly eye-catching solo effort, during which he dribbled past a number of Chelsea players. "I think the first goal is the best thing," the Everton star admitted. "I didn't know where I was going but then I was in the box. I saw Gary Cahill not know where he was going so I shifted it onto my left foot. It was just another goal and happy for the team."
Lukaku also revealed he remains appreciative of the things he learnt during his time at Chelsea, even though his first-team opportunities were limited. "I don't think I have anything to prove to Chelsea, I went there as an 18-year-old and learnt the trade of being a professional footballer. I will always be grateful to them," said Lukaku, who signed a permanent deal with Everton in 2014.