My Future Is In My Agent’s Hands, Says Romelu Lukaku

Everton’s striker, who is rumoured to be being chased by Chelsea this summer, has told Sky Sports that his agent is in charge of decided his future.

The Belgian striker is enjoying a fine European Championships tournament with his country. He joined Everton from Chelsea in 2014 for a club record £28 million but is reportedly unhappy with his life at Goodison Park. In the spring he let it be known that he favours a club that can offer him Champions League football, something that the Toffees can’t do.

His agent, Mino Raiola, has spoken highly of the ‘Goodison Project’ recently, perhaps in case the 23-year-old ends up staying on Merseyside under new manager Ronald Koeman. He is quoted in Sportwereld as saying, “Everton don’t need the money anymore but Romelu wants to play for a club that can win trophies. [But] something’s changed at Everton. There’s a new project. If he leaves, it has to be a good deal for all parties”.

Raiola has suggested that only the richest clubs in Europe will be able to pay an amount of money that Everton would find acceptable. That has meant that Chelsea have become favourites, even though his old club won’t have Champions League football next season.

For the player himself the most important thing at the moment is Belgium’s progress through the Euros in France. He said, “It’s my agent who is dealing with that aspect [of my career]. I’m just focused on Belgium, and the most important thing is helping my team”.

Lukaku’s Belgian team-mate Radja Nainggolan has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. Between the two of them that have scored three of Belgium’s four goals so far in the tournament. Asked about the possibility of extending his contract with Roma he said, “I said I love where I’m playing so why not?The Premier League is another good competition, but I think sometimes in life you need to make choices. I don’t know what will be my future but I just can say that where I am I’m happy”.