Lukaku ‘must change clubs’ in order to progress, says father

Date published: Wednesday 18th May 2016 8:41

Romelu Lukaku: Opens up on contract rejection

Romelu Lukaku is expecting to leave Everton before the start of the European Championships, according to the striker’s father.

The Belgian’s father Roger stated that the Merseyside club want £65million for the striker if he is to depart Goodison Park this summer.

The 23-year-old had previously hinted he would be open to a move that guarantees him European football, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all credit with interest.

Speaking to Belgian publication Humo, Lukaku’s father said: “Everton are asking around £65m for Rom. I think a transfer will be done before the Euros.

“Romelu will decide his future, but agents have the last word most of the time. I hope and I think Mino Raiola is an honest man.”

Everton finished 11th in the Barclays Premier League this season, failing to progress from the 2014-15 campaign where they finished in the same position.

“Now, with Romelu it will be quickly arranged” Lukaku Sr. continued.

“Whether the transfer has been sorted? Almost. I think it will be in place before the European Championship.

“He won’t go to Italy, because they keep it closed at the back, too difficult for an attacker.

“What is certain, to continue to make progress, he needs to change clubs, but we are mainly engaged in making the right choice.”

The former Anderlecht man spoke to the Telegraph in March, hinting he was searching for a bigger stage to perform on.

“I am 23 this summer. I have been playing since I was 16 and never had a taste of the Champions League,” he says.

“It is going to be seven years. You think about it – if it is going to happen? Champions League football is really the next step.

“Playing every three days is something I really enjoy. At one point, we were in the Europa League and we were playing constantly, it was enjoyable. You travel, you play a hard game, you have a good result, play well, it gives you confidence to play well in the league – you play well in the league. People acknowledge that you’re performing.”

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