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Martinez: Lukaku could be best in the world

Everton may have smashed their transfer record to sign striker Romelu Lukaku but manager Roberto Martinez insists the fee is irrelevant if the player fulfils his potential.

Rom is vitally important but his transfer fee will not count for anything in terms of him developing and having an important role in the side.

This dressing room has got a special feeling and it is not about how much you pay for players to come in, it is about selecting the players to be in there.

We really needed Rom at the club and that is where the chairman (Bill Kenwright) and the board have been exceptional and I do think it is a key moment at our club.

I am looking at that number nine position - and I am probably biased - but he is potentially the best choice in world football.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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Evra wants to win Juventus a fourth title in a row

Patrice Evra hopes to help Juventus win a fourth consecutive league title - a feat Manchester United never quite achieved during his time at Old Trafford.

The 33-year-old left-back did lift the Barclays Premier League five times during his eight years in Manchester but the Red Devils' run towards claiming four in a row was interrupted by Chelsea in 2010.

It won't be easy to win four titles in a row. I managed to do it three times with Manchester United and know how difficult the challenge is.

We also hope to do well in the Champions League. It's a great competition and we'll look to go as far as we can.

– New Juventus defender Patrice Evra.

Evra also admitted he had been especially keen to reunite with his former United team-mate Carlos Tevez, who left his friend behind when crossing the Manchester divide to join City in 2009.

Carlos is a warrior. It was tough for me to see him leave United for another team. We're great friends on and off the pitch.

It wasn't easy to leave Manchester United, it was a decision I made for personal reasons.

I'm happy with the choice I've made in coming here. Juventus is a great club with a wonderful history.

– Evra, who will wear the number 33 shirt in Turin.

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Chelsea youngster heads to Spain

Gael Kakuta
Gael Kakuta loves a loan spell. Credit: PA

Gael Kakuta has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan from Chelsea, the Spanish club have announced.

The 23-year-old winger, who first headed to Stamford Bridge as a teenager in 2007, has only made six appearances for Chelsea and has had a succession of loan spells with clubs such as Fulham, Bolton and Lazio.

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