Lukaku focused on football not contract talks

Tuesday 28 February 2017  21 Comments  [Jump to last]

Romelu Lukaku says he is happy with the way things are going at Everton but would not be drawn into making any definitive statements about his future.

As he has racked up goals in his time at Goodison Park, the Belgian striker's future has been regular fodder for speculation, media talk which is growing louder now that he sits on top of the Premier League goalscoring charts and the season heads towards the final straight.

The player's agent, Mino Raiola, restated yesterday that he was 99.9999% certain that his client will sign a new contract at Everton that would extend his deal beyond 2019 but there are guarantees that that would keep him at the club even beyond this summer.

Lukaku was asked by Sky Sports' Adam Levanthal whether he sees himself remaining with the Blues but, true to form, the 23-year-old was careful to leave all his options open.

"My agent has been doing the talks with the club and I think the most important thing for me is that the team does well and that the fans, whether we are away or at Goodison, are happy that we are winning.

“I think you can see from what I do on the pitch that I am really with the way the team is performing right now.

“Obviously, I want to win the biggest trophies there are as much as I can. For me, I have to keep on going like I am. If you look at the best players in the world like Messi, Ronaldo or Thierry Henry back in the day, they are constantly improving, constantly getting better.

“That's what I want to do. I don't want to peak too early, I want to keep on getting better year after year.

"I'm working harder, I run more,” Lukaku said of the changes to his game since Ronald Koeman took over last summer. “I think that's been first of all, I got more consistency and the manager wanted me to do more on the pitch as well. 

"I think for me it's been good, a nice journey and I'm learning a lot. I feel much better in my skin the way we're playing now and I want to keep on improving like the rest of the team has to do."


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Richard Reeves
1 Posted 28/02/2017 at 19:03:01
I'd like him to stay for at least as long as Koeman is here and then if Koeman does get the job at Barcelona in two or three years from now he could get that big money move to the big Champions League club he's always banging on about.
Will Mabon
2 Posted 28/02/2017 at 19:26:47
We're being kept guessing, that's for sure. The never ending mind and word games.
Brian Williams
3 Posted 28/02/2017 at 19:30:41
It wouldn't surprise me if he doesn't sign the new contract. After all how long can it possibly take to sort out 0.000001%?

Gio Mero
4 Posted 28/02/2017 at 19:39:31
I can't think of a less likeable figure than Raiola. To me he is the embodiment of all (most) that's wrong in modern football. Can't we have a Raiola-free squad?
Will Mabon
5 Posted 28/02/2017 at 19:47:33
That's a good point, Brian!
Mike Green
6 Posted 01/03/2017 at 00:19:09
We've offered a new contract and played our hand. Raiola will I imagine see that offer as 'safe' providing his client doesn't get crocked. His client is making the sort of waves that might attract the big move they both want in the summer and, if not, might make us improve our offer further.

They won't be signing until they're certain they can't get better elsewhere though, and they won't know that until the end of the summer window. I can't see us hearing anything soon.

'Go and enjoy your football, Rom, let me worry about this...', says Raiola, settling in for the long haul.

Lewis Barclay
7 Posted 01/03/2017 at 00:40:50
I love the way Lukaku scores goals but I fucking hate the way he is a fragility in our squad.

Over the last three seasons it's felt like he could leave every year. Granted, he is good enough to move on, but excuse me if I'm romantic enough to think that a player of a certain quality might think he's at the right club and that other players might gravitate towards him.

Romelu: Do us a favour and tell us when you're planning to leave if we don't win anything this season, or buy into this great club and break almost all available records to become something more than a 21st century mercenary.

Mick Davies
8 Posted 01/03/2017 at 03:26:07
As he has racked up goals in his time at Goodison Park, the Belgian striker's future has been regular fodder for speculation,

Erm, didn't he initiate all this speculation with his annual "I want Champions League" crap?

I've always defended him on here and think it would be difficult to replace him, but sometimes (Lineker, Rooney) losing the focal point brings out the best in the other players: we haven't had a glut of midfield goals since the Moyes days, when Osman, Arteta, Cahill, McFadden, Gravesen etc where getting a healthy share to assist the strikers like Bent, Beattie and later years Ferguson and Campbell.

Also, with the money from a Rom transfer, we could buy a more mobile, pacy Premier League style player in the Aguero, Costa mode.

As I say, I don't want him to go, but his evasive answers on Sky Sports News are really pissing me off, and if he won't commit to our club, he doesn't deserve to be here, destabilising the plans and morale of the management, players and fans.

Darryl Ritchie
10 Posted 01/03/2017 at 06:14:01
It's not a matter of 'if' he leaves, but rather 'when'. Lukaku has always made it clear that Everton is a stop on his football journey, not a destination. A place to sharpen his skills before he moves to a 'big' club.

But you know something, I'm alright with that.

I hope he scores a hat trick every game. Every goal increases his value. I hope he signs a 10-year extension. The longer the contract, the more a potential suitor will have to pay to break it.

If he stays; I'd be ecstatic. If he leaves; he will leave us in a very good position. Over to you, Mr Walsh.

Gary Russell
11 Posted 01/03/2017 at 07:14:34
Yes, Darryl, and a £40 to 50 million profit.
Gareth Clark
12 Posted 01/03/2017 at 07:15:29
Darryl (#10)

He made it clear BEFORE we got Koeman, Walsh, Moshiri & the new squad. Plus the new position we find ourselves in.

He looks a very happy man on & off the field, and I don't know how easy that would be for him to give up.

I think the best deal for both parties, is to increase his wages & give him a buyout clause of around 㿼mil.

Hopefully he stays for two or three more years & by the time he's in his prime, & a massive club come calling he goes for a huge fee & we can get in someone very decent as a replacement or have a large sum of money to do something with.

Liam Reilly
14 Posted 01/03/2017 at 08:51:32
The speculation will never stop whilst he's knocking in the goals and he's doing the right thing by remaining uncommittal to Everton, else wed have another Rooney when he does finally leave.

Until Everton is in the big shiny stadium on the docks, this will remain the norm for these players.

Tony J Williams
15 Posted 01/03/2017 at 12:20:51
I worry that even if we do get an astronomical fee for him, who will replace his goals.

Sure we can dream about bringing in the Agueros and Costas, but that will never happen.

We will either get an up and coming starlet on ridiculous wages or a player whose star is on the wane.

We will never get, no matter how much we get for Rom, a player of the same calibre and age, they will all be searching for the same "big" club as Rom is, they wouldn't consider coming to us.

Tony J Williams
16 Posted 01/03/2017 at 12:23:39
Unless we are winning things... of course.
Alan Bodell
17 Posted 01/03/2017 at 13:39:11
How many times have we been here? Both of them are starting to grate with me so please just get on with playing for us until you pull the pin for good.
Brian Williams
18 Posted 01/03/2017 at 15:55:21
Gareth (#12).

Completely agree that the best way to "protect" the club is to have a BIG buyout clause in his new contract. I wonder if that's the sticking point holding up his signing of the new contract though?

Stan Schofield
19 Posted 01/03/2017 at 16:30:25
Lukaku's handling of this whole situation has been and still is professional, very businesslike. I don't blame him. This is his job, he's not an Evertonian. And if he were, the Club would treat him in a businesslike way, a dispassionate way, like they treated our very greatest players like Alex Young and Alan Ball.

So all this stuff on TW complaining about Lukaku stringing us along is comical. He needs only to read our history to teach him to be as dispassionate towards the Club as they are to him.

Mark Andersson
20 Posted 02/03/2017 at 02:56:46
Have to agree with you Stan, however it's always nice when a player like Ball or Young play for the fans and team first as though they were born and bred a Evertonian .

I was gutted at the age of 11 when Bally was sold, and lost interest in the game. So was Bally disappointed by all accounts; Rom would be made up to walk away to another club.

John Voigt
21 Posted 02/03/2017 at 13:05:59
Lukaku only leaves when one of the 10 wealthiest clubs in Europe both want him and pay a huge fee. I don't foresee any of the teams that could afford Lukaku paying the fee this summer. Of course, I could be wrong!
James Welford
22 Posted 02/03/2017 at 13:42:12
Isn't Rom just telling the truth.

He's at a reasonably good club at the moment, but wants to do well and win things. Would a repeat of 95 be enough for him? I doubt it.

If that offer comes along from a top Champions League outfit, I couldn't blame him for moving on. I just hope it makes Everton super rich in the process and we get good replacements in.

I'd much prefer Moshiri to stump up the £££ to surround him by players who make him look average and we do the quintuple in 2 year's time, but I don't think that's going to happen!

I'd much rather Rom's levelled response than a badge-kisser who implies loyalty and then decides to move on leaving EFC in the lurch – and it's not just players who do that, eh, Davey Moyes?

Steve Ferns
23 Posted 02/03/2017 at 13:43:13
Aren't we one of the top 6 wealthiest clubs in Europe? ;)

The last figures I saw had 20 of the top 25 clubs as all the Premier League. The other 5 were Barca, Madrid, Bayern, Juve and someone else I can't remember. I was to say Milan, but they're skint, no matter what these new owners are saying (they seem like Chinese Venky's).

So basically, I see the list of suitors for Lukaku as being the top 6, Barca, Madrid, Bayern and Juve. All of whom do not have the room for him at the moment, and would not waste 㿼m+ on a player to sit on the bench. He would not suit Barca's style.

The biggest and most inevitable link is Chelsea, but that all depends on what Costa does next. I fully expect them to offload Costa to China for a fortune and for us to then get a measely bid of 㿞m. Hopefully, we can stand firm enough to either keep him or to get closer to 𧴜m. I would hold out for 㿼m.

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