Tony Cascarino: This is what Lukaku wants, Everton fans should be delighted
By Matt Farr
Former Premier League goalscorer Tony Cascarino believes Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is only interested in playing football and is giving everything on the pitch for Everton.
Sky Sports had claimed on their official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that Lukaku informed club officials he would not signing a new deal, fuelling further speculation that he is set for a summer exit.
BREAKING: Sky sources – Romelu Lukaku tells Everton he will not sign a new contract. More now on SSNHQ.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 14, 2017
But Cascarino believes Lukaku will only quit the club this summer if he is given guarantees of playing regular football.
The 23-year-old has been revelling in the limelight as Everton’s star performer in recent years, and has continued his scintillating form throughout the current campaign.
He has 20 goals from 29 appearances in all competitions, but his reported decision to snub a fresh contract with the club came as a major blow to Everton’s long term ambitions.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
However, Cascarino has urged fans to consider Lukaku’s career path, which hints that he is motivated by a desire to play regular first-team football, an offering that is currently available at Goodison Park.
He told TalkSport: “The big danger here for Ronald Koeman is if you have a player who has had his head turned and then he drops his standards, that can be a real issue.
“But so far Romelu Lukaku has been fantastic for Everton. He gives his absolute all in every performance. If you just look at Lukaku’s career – it’s clear he just wants to play football.
“He left Chelsea because he wasn’t playing, he was prepared to take a backwards step to West Brom just so he could play. When he went back to Chelsea, he still wasn’t playing, so he then left to go to Everton.”
Everton, meanwhile, have not yet given up hope of getting Lukaku to commit his future to the club – despite the reported snub.
It is believed that negotiations are still set to continue with the player, and that the improved contract offer is still on the table.
The new contract is understood to have been a five-year-deal worth more than £100,000-per-week, but Lukaku is looking to keep his options open.
But the prospect of a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs appears to have unsettled the Belgian international, and he could be on the move in the summer.
In other Everton news, Farhad Moshiri has delivered this message to fans on the future of Lukaku.