Cape Town - Ronald
Koeman insists Romelu Lukaku must honour the remaining two years of his
Everton contract, despite the striker’s unwillingness to sign a new
Lukaku publicly confirmed this week that he will reject the offer of a
new five-year contract at Goodison Park after questioning Everton’s
ambitions to qualify for the Champions League.
The Toffees have not yet given up in their quest to tie Lukaku down
to a new deal rumoured to be worth around £140 000 a week, but with
another two years left on his current arrangement, manager Koeman says
the Belgian international’s commitment shouldn’t be in question.
"Everyone knows what can happen in football but you need to respect your contract," said Koeman.
"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.
"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."
Everton next welcome relegation threatened Hull City to Goodison Park in a league clash on Saturday.
Kick off is at 17:00.