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Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes Romelu Lukaku can become one of the best players in the world.

The manager was speaking at the Belgian’s official unveiling on Wednesday evening after the Blues completed a Club-record £28million deal for the 21-year-old.

“I think when you listen to Rom, you understand straightaway that he is such a humble person, but also a very ambitious one – so he fits perfectly into where we are as a football club,” said Martinez.

“We are ambitious, we want to be successful, and he represents a lot more than just a player.

“He is also only 21 and he’s already scored over 30 goals in the Premier League. In my eyes, although he’ll never say it, the target for him is to become one of the best world-class strikers.

“We are the perfect environment for him to do that.”

Martinez admitted the capture of Lukaku meant he had landed his 'number-one target' and added: “I can’t put it into words how excited we are and how much we are looking forward to seeing Rom enjoying his football again at Goodison Park.

"It has been a relentless pursuit from our point of view. It had to be a Club-record transfer fee and it is well worth every penny and effort that we put behind it.

“I think it’s one of those days that isn’t just important for the season but a very, very significant day in the history of our football club.

”Sometimes when you sign a player, you bring excitement and I think we know exactly what we’re going to get with Rom.

“The feeling in the dressing room was to try to get him back on a permanent basis to get a bit of continuity and to grow into a very successful team.

“I think every Evertonian will tell you we are so, so excited and we are touched that Rom has decided to join us, because it means a lot for us. Now we are desperate to push him to become a very special player in our history.”

Tickets for Leon Osman's testimonial against FC Porto this Sunday are still available. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878.

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