According to an interview on Sky Sports, Everton winger Yannick Bolasie says that teammate Romelu Lukaku has made his decision on his future and that the club can’t stand in his way if he wants to leave.
He said: “I speak to Rom [Lukaku] every day and when a man has his plan, he has his plan. You can’t really stop that.
“Players have ambition, as players they want to play in the highest team possible and Rom for me right now, at his age, is a world class striker and there aren’t many about like him.
“I’m not surprised but I’m sure that Everton are going to find a way to deal with it.”
The Belgian – who has scored 21 Premier League goals this term – has told the Merseyside outfit that he won’t sign the new five-year contract that is on the table, which would make him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
While Toffees fans were understandably upset at the piece, Bolasie was quick to take to Twitter to suggest that the quotes were taken out of context, and hinted at a criticism of some supporters that had chosen to ignore the positive comments.
— Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) March 29, 2017
However, supporters hit back at him via social media saying that he shouldn’t be speaking on the matter at all.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction to the story…
— Col Campbell (@Plumbobs) March 29, 2017
@YannickBolasie just should have kept quiet about it though..we want him to stay. You giving the papers fuel to write drivel and twist words
— Eighteen78 (@True1878) March 29, 2017
@YannickBolasie Don't speak to them then mate. Twist everything. Hope the recovery is going well
— Joe (@joesworld1878) March 29, 2017
@YannickBolasie sometimes better to say nothing… hope the recovery is going well 🙂
— mike constantinou (@mikec1878) March 29, 2017
@YannickBolasie why say anything at all
— hank_nsno (@Hank_nsno) March 29, 2017
@YannickBolasie thing is mate – any mention of lukaku gets twisted by the media, surely it's better to not talk about him at all?
— MTP1878 (@martypefc) March 29, 2017
@YannickBolasie why can't you just shut up lad it's not you're place to say, the club pay you're wage respect it.
— Atho (@paul_bear89) March 29, 2017
Not everyone was annoyed with the winger though…
— Trish1878 (@Azzurri1878) March 29, 2017
@YannickBolasie lad people over analyze everything these days! Doesn't help when Sky edit your interview for their own agenda! Don't worry ????
— Gary Savage (@sav4efc) March 29, 2017