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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a return to Chelsea after the striker rejected Everton’s offer of a new contract with two years remaining in his contract.

Lukaku has been in good form this season with the striker leading the goal-scoring charts with 23 goals so far this season.

However, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has urged the 23-year-old striker to stay at Everton for at least a season because he still has more to learn.

“If I was in the shoes of Ross Barkley or Romelu Lukaku, I’d have no hesitation in sticking around for another 12 months at least,” Wright wrote in his column for The Sun.

“Both are playing great football — they have for a couple of months, to be fair. But they have also had plenty of stick for inconsistency in the past, too.

“Well, if they think the pressure on them to deliver at Everton is high, it’s nothing to what they’d be under if they did move on.

“The pair would cost huge money and with that comes the demand to deliver from the off – every week, with no exceptions.

“That’s tough enough if you are talking about the finished article… someone at the peak of their powers who’s been there for ages.

“As good as Rom and Ross are already, they can still get better, and for that reason, I think they would be better advised to stay with the Toffees and hone their talents even more.

“I just hope their advisors see it that way, too, because if they develop the way they’re going then they won’t be short of takers down the line.

“In my opinion the pair of them could potentially play for any of the real top teams but they just need to show a bit of patience.

“Clubs will be prepared to pay top dollar in 12 months if they’ve had a great season and they’ll still end up with their £250,000 a week or whatever.

“It just makes more sense to me for them to sit tight right now. That way, everyone will end up an even bigger winner.”

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