Everton chiefs blame Lukaku's mother as talks collapse - Times
By Alex Stevens
Romelu Lukaku’s mother is being blamed by Everton chiefs for the collapse of his contract talks, according to a report.
The Times claim the Merseyside club are convinced Adolphine Lukaku is at the root cause of his contract U-turn and decision not to sign a new deal.
It is said that the Everton board had secured an agreement with the prolific striker’s representative Mino Raiola over a new five-year, £130,000-a-week deal.
This explains why the high profile Raiola claimed to the media that Lukaku was “99.9 per cent” certain to put pen to paper.
The Times report that the Belgian, 23, was subsequently given time off to go home during Everton’s trip to Dubai last month and he changed his mind.
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Everton believe Adolphine, who is said to be a major influence in her son’s career, was instrumental in Lukaku’s decision as they discussed his desire to play in the Champions League.
Lukaku delivered the bombshell news to club chiefs on Tuesday that he would not be extending his current contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2019.
It has heightened the possibility that Everton will cash in on the Belgium international in the summer amid strong reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
Lukaku has been in prolific form for Everton this season, scoring 20 goals from 29 matches in all competitions, 19 of which have come in the Premier League.
This places the Toffees spearhead joint top of the league scoring charts with Harry Kane, who is set to miss at least a month with ankle ligament damage.
In other Everton news, there is friction at the club between manager Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh.