Romelu Lukaku has questioned Everton’s ambition and their failure to sign top talent following reports that he has rejected a new contract at Goodison Park.
Earlier this week numerous media publications, including The Telegraph, claimed that Lukaku has turned down a new £140,000-a-week long-term deal.
The striker still has two years remaining on his current contract, so there is time for negotiation, but as it stands he is not prepared to commit.
Lukaku has given further indication to how he is feeling about life on Merseyside by insisting that the team need to push on and win silverware.
The Toffees have not won major silverware since the FA Cup in 1995.
Sky Sports quotes Lukaku as saying:
“Everton as a football club has a great history, but the future has to be written, you get me? Instead of living in the past, you have to think ahead. You have to think how this club has to grow, how it has to improve, which player does it want to bring in so you can challenge for the big trophies.”
The Belgium international has also questioned the club’s ability to bring in high-calibre players.
He refused to reveal the identities but claimed that the club failed to secure deals for some players who are now thriving in the Premier League.
“I don’t know what the board’s plan is, but there were some players I knew the club could have got and they didn’t, and they’re playing in this league. I am not saying names, but they are doing well.
“It is a little bit frustrating but, at the end of the day, we have fantastic players. We cannot look at the others, we can only look at ourselves. We are the only ones to blame. We cannot blame the fans. We cannot blame the manager.”
If the gossip pages are to be believed, plenty of top-level clubs would be interested in signing the Everton forward.
Chelsea have been touted as one potential destination, but they would have to pay at least double the £28m they received when they sold Lukaku to Everton in 2014.
The 23-year-old’s chances of winning silverware would improve dramatically if he returned to Stamford Bridge, but if Diego Costa remains at the club, Lukaku may find it difficult to hold down a regular starting spot.
That was one of the reasons why he called an end to his three-year spell with the Blues.
Manchester United could be a good fit for the Belgian given that it would be a step up from the player’s point of view.
Also, the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is uncertain, so Lukaku could come in as a replacement should the Swede move on.
If the striker has a desire to try a different league, then it is unlikely that he will be short of options.