By Danny Wright
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright pleaded with Romelu Lukaku to stay at Goodison Park at the club’s award ceremony, saying he wants “many more goals” from the striker.
The 23-year-old has constantly been linked with a move away from Merseyside with his former club Chelsea leading the race for his signature.
Lukaku has already told the Toffees that he is unwilling to sign a new contract with them and Kenwright had a special message for the striker at the club’s end of season awards ceremony on Tuesday night.
“I do hope we see many more goals from you, Rom,” said the 71-year-old, as quoted by the Mirror.
Lukaku scooped the Player of the Year and Players’ Player prizes at the club’s award night.
Lukaku currently leads the way in the race for the Premier League golden boot having scored 24 goals in 35 appearances.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane is the Belgian’s closest competitor with 21 strikes to his name.
The former Anderlecht striker originally joined Everton on loan from Chelsea in 2013 after a short temporary stint at West Brom.
He made his move to Goodison Park a permanent one a year later as he became the club’s record signing for a fee of £28million.
In all competitions since signing for Everton, Lukaku has scored 86 goals in 164 appearances and has already become the club’s top Premier League scorer by overtaking Duncan Ferguson earlier this season.
He has now said that he won’t sign a new contract for Everton, and looks likely to leave in the summer.
The Blues have already secured qualification to the Europa League next season and have two games remaining of the current term against Watford and Arsenal.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s clear that Kenwright speaks for everyone when saying that Everton are desperate to see Lukaku stay at Goodison Park for as long as possible. However his stunning displays in front of goals this season prove that he is playing well below his station and has to be taking part in Champions League football. Everton are a club that know what’s best for a player and although they will hate to do it, they simply cannot stand in the way of the striker. He’s definitely left the Toffees with some good memories though and it’s likely that fans will always give him a rousing reception whenever he returns to the blue half of Merseyside.