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Ray Wilkins: This is what Koeman will do at Everton if Lukaku leaves

By Amir Mir

Ray Wilkins has warned Everton that if they lose striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer then their “talented” manager Ronald Koeman might follow suit.

Sky Sports news reported on their official Twitter account on Tuesday that the 23-year-old has told the Merseyside club that he will not sign a new contract.

Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins believes this reported talk “smells a little bit of his agent”.

Belgium international Lukaku has been in sparkling form for his club this season, leading the Premier League goalscoring charts alongside Tottenham striker Harry Kane on 19 goals apiece.

Former QPR midfielder Wilkins believes Lukaku leaving could set the ball rolling for a possible mass exodus at the European chasers.

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“It smells a little bit of agent, I have to say,” Wilkins told talkSPORT. “[It was] 99.99% he was going to sign for Everton and all of a sudden there’s a spanner in the works.

“They have got to be very careful because I do believe they have one of the best managers in the Premier League. If the likes of Lukaku do not sign, that will snowball and other people won’t sign.

“If you can’t bring other [big name] players into the club you might lose a very, very talented manager. I would hate to see that happen because I believe Everton are now improving immensely week after week.”

Koeman moved to Goodison Park from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer replacing Roberto Martinez who had been sacked at the back end of the previous campaign.

The Dutchman has turned the fortunes around of a side that was sitting in mid-table last term to one that is now looking to secure a Europa League spot.

Lukaku has been the most influential figure on the field because of that with his contract at the club set to expire in 2019.

He joined the Toffees from Chelsea during the summer of 2014 becoming the club’s record signing when they purchased him for £28million.

Koeman’s side host relegation-threatened Hull City at the weekend with Lukaku bagging two goals in his last two matches.

In other Everton news, this 173-cap England duo should be the replacements for Romelu Lukaku.

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