Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku says there is nothing wrong with ambition after reportedly opting to reject a new contract at Everton.

The Belgium international’s apparent move to refuse fresh terms earlier this month came despite his agent Mino Raiola having previously insisted an agreement was “99.9 per cent done”.

Everton top scorer Lukaku has regularly spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League and win trophies, but he insists that should not be mistaken for arrogance.

“The decision has already been made so I can’t talk about that,” Lukaku, who still has two years left on his Everton contract, told reporters ahead of Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Greece.

“There is nothing wrong with ambition. You have to embrace it and where you are as a footballer.

“Sometimes people will mistake things that I say but it’s just ambition that I have; I want to win titles and trophies and I don’t think people should take that as arrogance – people should embrace it.

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“This is what footballers need to achieve if they want to become the best, and I think young kids need to learn that too.”