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by Rob Urbani @efc_roburbani

Romelu Lukaku is already an adopted Evertonian.
The Belgian international has yet to feature for Roberto Martinez's side following his deadline day arrival.
The loan signing's first run out for Everton has been put on hold as Premier League rules mean the 20-year-old hitman can't play against his parent club in Saturday’s Goodison Park encounter with Chelsea.
But while he won't be alongside his new teammates on the Goodison turf, he is in no doubt as to where his allegiances lie for the game.
He told evertontv: "Yes, [I am hoping for an Everton win]. I have to be honest.
"Sometimes in life you have to make choices and I believe I've made the right one by coming here."
Lukaku was linked with a return to West Brom - where he netted 17 goals on loan last term – but instead opted for a season-long spell with the Toffees.
It was a transfer that went right down to the wire as the 11pm transfer deadline loomed on 2 September.
He recalled: "I had a call about 7 or 8pm from my agent saying there’s a possibility that I could leave and I said ‘yeah, okay, that’s fine’, because at some point I need to play and play as much as possible. I made the right decision and I spoke with [Kevin] Mirallas as I was in the same room with him for the whole evening and he explained about how things were going.
“For me, it was also a great opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in England, who have done well in domestic cups, qualified for Europe a lot of times and always challenge at the top of the league. For me, it’s a good opportunity to come here and help the players to reach the same standards and for me to set higher standards than I did last year.”
Mirallas acted as a cheerleader for the Club with Lukaku on a tense evening of transfer activity.
And Lukaku added: "He said a lot of positive things. Especially about the fans and that they are really behind the players and if they see there’s a player who works hard for the team they will encourage them.

"Also about the teammates and how they will help me, and that the manager gives good training sessions. What Kevin said was important to me and that’s why I made the choice to come here.”
As for rumours Mirallas locked Lukaku in a room until the deal to sign for Everton had been completed, the tall hitman confirmed: “It’s true. I said to Kevin 'let’s go', because I had a signing session. But Kevin and I spoke for hours about where I should live and things like that. He’s a good man.”

To see more from Lukaku, including him talking about his hopes for an Everton win this weekend, click here to see another exclusive video on our official YouTube channel.

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