Lukaku to walk away?

Romelu now fac­ing chal­lenge at Ever­ton ac­cord­ing to Koe­man

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

LIVER­POOL/ Ever­ton striker Romelu Lukaku (pic­tured) will likely need to look away from the Mersey­side club if he wants to ful­fil his po­ten­tial, ac­cord­ing to his man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man.

The Bel­gian was linked in the Bri­tish me­dia with a move away from Good­i­son Park dur­ing the close sea­son but Koe­man man­aged to con­vince the 23-year-old to with­draw his trans­fer re­quest.

“I gave him con­fi­dence and he has him­self recog­nised that it was good for his de­vel­op­ment to play an­other year at Ever­ton. There is a very good con­tact and ap­pre­ci­a­tion be­tween us,” Koe­man told Bel­gian news­pa­per HLN.

“No one knows what will come af­ter this sea­son. If Romelu was to play at Ever­ton un­til the end of his ca­reer, I know he has left some­thing (be­hind). His po­ten­tial is greater and higher than Ever­ton, as a fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.”

Koe­man com­pared Lukaku, who has scored seven of Ever­ton’s 15 Premier League goals this sea­son, with clin­i­cal Dutch striker Pa­trick Kluiv­ert and said the Bel­gian in­ter­na­tional had the po­ten­tial to play for Span­ish cham­pi­ons Barcelona.

“Kluiv­ert was also a striker who was quite young in the pic­ture and had a fan­tas­tic ca­reer. Even­tu­ally Kluiv­ert played for Barcelona, which could hap­pen with Lukaku,” Koe­man, a for­mer Barcelona de­fender, added.

“He is po­ten­tially a great striker, one who is only 23 years old. I think Lukaku is quite com­plete. He can hold a ball and be a tar­get man and, be­cause he is tall and phys­i­cally strong. You can play di­rectly with the long ball.”

Ever­ton are in talks with Nor­we­gian club Odd BK over teenage for­ward Rafik Zekhnini.

The 18-year-old has been given per­mis­sion to fly to Eng­land and dis­cuss a po­ten­tial move to Good­i­son Park.

Odd chief ex­ec­u­tive Ei­nar Hand­lykken con­firmed Nor­way U21 in­ter­na­tional Zekhnini had been al­lowed to open dis­cus­sions with an­other club Nor­we­gian club.

– RON­ALD KOE­MAN /REUTERS

“I gave him con­fi­dence and he has him­self recog­nised that it was good for his de­vel­op­ment to play an­other year at Ever­ton.” Manch­ester United man­ager Jose signs au­to­graphs for fans in­side the be­fore the match against Swansea City Novem­ber 6.

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