Lukaku must respect his Everton contract - Everton manager
- Author: Loretta Pittman Mar 19, 2017,
Mar 19, 2017, 0:33
Mino Raiola has made his first public appearance since Romelu Lukaku expressed his reluctance to sign a new contract at Everton, with the agent spotted entering the Manchester United team hotel.
Barkley's current deal with his boyhood club expires at the end of next season and talks to extend his spell with the Toffees are planned, but Koeman believes the 23-year-old needs to make a decision sooner rather than later.
Koeman denied that Barkley - who has created more goalscoring chances in the Premier League than any other Englishman this season - has been issued with an ultimatum but compared the situation to that of Nathaniel Clyne, who was sold to Liverpool by the Dutchman's previous club Southampton after entering the a year ago of his contract.
Lukaku, who is the Premier League's joint-top scorer with 19 goals this season, has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea, from whom he joined Everton for £28m in 2014.
Koeman said he would not drop Lukaku for Saturday's match at home to Hull City.
But Koeman today said: "The (Lukaku) deal wasn't agreed; 99.9 per cent is not 100 per cent and they are still trying to get the contract over the line".
"Every player likes to play for titles, in the Champions League: that is a normal ambition", Koeman told reporters. That's what I know from the board. If you are afraid to play at home that's the worse thing you can have as a football player.
"I think the player needs to understand this".
"Of course I am not happy about that interview, because if Everton is not a club with a lot of ambition then I'm not the manager".
Chelsea are lining up a £100million double swoop for Everton's ROMELU LUKAKU and ROSS BARKLEY, according to the Daily Telegraph.
United head into Thursday night's clash with Rostov having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Russian Federation and needing just a goalless draw to progress. The Spaniard is unhappy with a number of his current players and is eager to generate good value from them to bring in reinforcements. "Every Premier League game is hard". "You need the platform to show yourself".
"He said, 'Rom, one summer I just came in and boom, boom, boom, boom".