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Koeman expects Romelu Lukaku to remain at Everton

The Goodison Park board have not received any offers for their star striker despite the Belgium international being linked with a return to Chelsea.

Koeman expects Romelu Lukaku to remain at Everton
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Everton manager Ronald Koeman is expecting star striker Romelu Lukaku to stay at Goodison Park next season despite regular speculation surrounding a potential move to one of the Premier League's heavyweights as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Lukaku has hit 24 Premier League goals in the most prolific campaign of his career, with the 24-year-old regularly linked with a return to former club Chelsea.

But Koeman is confident he will be able to retain the services of the Belgium international.

"I expect that Lukaku will stay because until now I did not hear anything from the board that one club is asking about Lukaku," Koeman told reporters ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Arsenal.

Koeman: "You like to keep your best striker"

"You like to keep your best striker, your top scorer, but we also need around that position more productivity.

"Romelu has two years more on his contract. If there is interest in him then the board will know and they will come to the club if they have interest in the player. That is like everybody."

Even if Koeman loses Lukaku, the Dutchman insisted Everton would be able to move on without the striker, although the next top scorer in the squad is Ross Barkley with five league goals.

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PSV precedent if Lukaku departs

"In my career, we lost one time Ruud Gullit in PSV [who joined AC Milan in 1987] and everybody was afraid," Koeman said. "And we signed some other new players and won, in 1988, the championship, the [Dutch] Cup, the European Cup. That is football.

"I said before maybe you lose at one side something... but I am not talking about what will happen if he does not stay next season."


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