Ronald Koeman Confirms Lukaku Won’t Sign New Everton Contract

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman has put Chelsea and Manchester United on high alert, after confirming that Romelu Lukaku will not be extending his contract at the Merseyside club.

Romelu Lukaku, who joined Everton from Chelsea in 2014, has turned into one of the best strikers in Europe at the moment. With 23 goals to his name this season, the forward has been lethal in Everton’s attack, and is currently the top goalscorer in the Premier League.

However, the Belgium international’s future at Goodison Park is very far from secure, as he himself revealed that he might not sign a contract extension with the club, and that he wants to quit at the end of the season.

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Lukaku had spoken about his desire to play in the Champions League regularly, and that he is keen to join a top European club at the end of the season, thereby alerting a host of big clubs.

Lukaku reportedly has a £70m price tag on his head, and Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United are rumoured to be the current frontrunners in the pursuit for his services. Both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are desperate for attacking additions, and they are apparently convinced that Lukaku, with all his Premier League experience, is the best option for them come summer.

And now, Everton boss Ronald Koeman has given them a huge boost, after he confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will not be signing a new contract with the club. The striker’s current contract with the Toffees lasts until 2019, but Koeman revealed that there is no chance of an extension.

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“He told me he won’t sign a new contract,” the Dutch manager stated in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Burnley.

Koeman further went on to say that he currently has no idea where Lukaku will be next season, as opposed to former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, who recently revealed that he wanted the Belgian to move back to the Bridge to prove himself.

“No [I don’t know where Lukaku wants to go]. Maybe I wait for the call from Drogba to tell me where he wants to go,” added a livid Koeman.


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