Lukaku Must Respect Everton Contract
Romelu Lukaku's Everton future was again plunged into doubt this week when he turned down a new contract offer from the Toffees.
A five year deal - reported worth a record breaking £140,000 a week - was turned down as Lukaku has concerns about Everton's ability to make it into the Champions League and also questioned the clubs ambition following the failure to sign several targets in January.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman wasn't pleased with Lukaku's comments but was insistent if we weren't an ambitious club he wouldn't be at Goodison Park with the striker told he'll have to 'respect' the contract he has.
Koeman was quoted by the BBC as saying.
'Everyone knows what can happen in football but you need to respect your contract. Of course I am not happy about that interview. If Everton is not a club with a lot of ambition I would not be manager.'
Aside from that interview Koeman isn't unhappy with Lukaku, which given his goals and performances this season he shouldn't. The boss also doesn't have any immediate concerns about him leaving Goodison.
'He has no problem. He is training how he needs to train, his behaviour - except some quotes in this interview - is what I like from the player and there is no reason to put him out of the team. The team needs Rom, and Rom needs the team to score goals. But I am not so afraid about his situation because the player has more than two years on his contract.'
Koeman also remains hopeful the Belgium international will yet sign a new contract with Everton.
'They are still trying to get the contract over the line.'