Koeman calls on Ever­ton’s fans to help keep Lukaku

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Ron­ald Koeman hopes Ever­ton fans will con­tinue to play their part in con­vinc­ing Romelu Lukaku they can help him achieve his am­bi­tions.

The Bel­gian was given a thun­der­ous ova­tion be­fore Ever­ton’s trounc­ing of Hull and even louder ac­claim at the fi­nal whis­tle, af­ter his late dou­ble took his Premier League tally to 21 for the cam­paign.

Ever­ton are still in talks with his agent Mino Raiola to try to and per­suade Lukaku to change his mind af­ter the 23-year-old said he was not pre­pared to sign a new deal.

Koeman knows Lukaku will make the call on his next step, but the Ever­ton man­ager was de­lighted that the home crowd did not turn on the striker af­ter he had ques­tioned the club’s am­bi­tion.

“I’m happy that the fans were lis­ten­ing to me about his re­cep­tion,” said Koeman.

“We like to keep our best play­ers be­cause we need them to make the next step.

“The fi­nal de­ci­sion is nor­mally al­ways made by the player him­self.

“Rom is dif­fer­ent be­cause we speak about (hav­ing) two years (left on his) con­tract but, the fi­nal de­ci­sion is by the board.” Daily Mail

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