Koeman admits Lukaku won't sign new Everton contract


Romelu Lukaku has told Ronald Koeman he will not sign a new contract at Everton, the Toffees boss said on Thursday.

The Belgium international sits atop the Premier League scoring charts with 23 goals this season and has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea.

Lukaku, 23, is under contract at Goodison Park until 2019, but Koeman revealed an extension beyond that looks unlikely.

"He told me he won't sign a new contract," Koeman told a news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting with Burnley.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba backed Lukaku - who was on Thursday nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award - to prove himself by heading back to Stamford Bridge, adding that he knew what the Everton man's future plans were without revealing them.

That came as news to Koeman, who responded to the comments - given in an interview to Sky Sports - by saying: "No [I don't know where Lukaku wants to go]. Maybe I wait for the call from Drogba to tell me where he wants to go."