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Lukaku eager to prove worth

first_img Press Association “This year, I have a point to prove first to myself, that I can do it again, and then to Chelsea, to show that I can be number one over there as well. “I had a few talks with the manager (Mourinho) about playing regularly and the importance of it, because I couldn’t afford another season on the bench or maybe playing one time out of three, at my age and especially with the World Cup coming up. “So I spoke with him a few times to see his vision and at a certain point I thought going on loan again was the best thing to do. “It was my choice. I want to play as much as possible. “I don’t want people to just remember the Romelu Lukaku of West Brom and for me to be in the background again.” Asked if he still saw a future for himself at Chelsea, Lukaku said: “I don’t know. “I think if I can do similar to last year, but for a club like Everton and with better statistics, why not? But we’ll see at the end of the season. “It was always my main ambition to go back to Chelsea, but the end of the season is when you can have a balanced view of how things have gone and make a final decision.” “You always need confirmation after a good year,” Lukaku said. “After only one good year, if you then have a down year the next year, people never take you seriously. “I want to become a better player – a much better player, not just the same player as people know from last year. “I hope that at the end of this season people say, ‘Romelu Lukaku is one of the best in this league’.” It had been widely expected Lukaku would feature prominently this season for Chelsea, whom he signed for from Anderlecht in August 2011. But Lukaku says conversations he had with the London outfit’s manager Jose Mourinho about his first-team prospects helped convince him he would be best off going out on loan again. And asked if he felt he had a point to prove, Lukaku said: “Yes, because I think after last year, I deserve a chance – like I did the year before, before I went to West Brom. “I thought I deserved that chance, I went to West Brom on loan and did well. Everton’s new on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is determined that he will not go down as a one-season wonder in English football. Lukaku emerged as a real force in the Barclays Premier League last term, scoring 17 goals while on loan at West Brom from Chelsea for the campaign. The 20-year-old Belgium international joined the Toffees in a similar deal on transfer deadline day earlier this month and is looking to make a major impact once again in 2013-14. last_img read more


GambleAware backs Self Exclusion amid political reprieve

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Industry charity GambleAware has reaffirmed its support of the nationwide self-exclusion scheme GamStop amid reports that the scheme had been breached by problem gamblers.Entering 2019, the betting industry got off to a rocky start after BBC five live reports revealed that gamblers registered with the self-exclusion scheme were able to alter details provided at registration, allowing the continuation of gambling activity. Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, emphasised the need for self-exclusion tools to operate without fault: “Self-exclusion can be a last resort for people who are struggling with their gambling, which is why it is essential tools such as GamStop operate effectively. “Also, blocking software such as Gamban® can be an effective tool to help those at risk of getting into difficulties resist the ubiquitous gambling adverts and special offers that surround us these days.”He added: “Such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation. If you’re worried about your or a loved ones gambling, there is free help and advice available online at BeGambleAware.org”This is not the first time that the effectiveness of the self-exclusion scheme has come under political scrutiny, as MPs are now warning that operators are still not doing enough to tackle problem-gambling behaviours.UK DCMS secretary Jeremy Wright warned of the implications of relaxed schemes: “Self-exclusion schemes are essential but must be properly policed and effective to support the individual who has taken the decision to opt out.“This is something I will be raising with the industry and Gambling Commission.”The move comes after controversial amendments to gambling legislation which will result in the reduction to maximum stakes-placed at fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2, a decision that is intended to combat gambling-related harm. FOBTs have been a major revenues shared by retailers in recent years, with Gambling Commission statistics suggesting that on average there is £5m per day being wagered on the machines. Commenting on the decision to cut FOBT stakes, Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham, stated: “A debate in the Commons five years ago exposed the problem. Stakes should have been cut then, and would have been if the Treasury had not been a beneficiary of the racket.” Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Sharelast_img read more