Ronald Koeman reveals details of meeting with Romelu Lukaku over his future

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Ronald Koeman was tasked with a rather tough job upon taking over as Everton manager: convincing Romelu Lukaku to stay. 

The Belgium international enjoyed a fantastic 2015/16 Premier League season - individually anyway - and saw his stock rise considerably across Europe as a result.

Former employers Chelsea were one of many sides interested in signing him, with a deal upwards of £60 million once in the offing.


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Speculation was all fans had to go off where Lukaku's future was concerned, but it would seem light has finally been shed on where he will be playing next season.

That's because, according to Koeman, the striker has told him he wants to stay at Everton.

The Dutchman said, per the Independent: "It is true. He spoke to me [Saturday] morning (to say) that he made the decision by himself to stay at least one more season at Everton and that is great news for everybody.

Koeman, speaking after Everton's 2-1 win over West Brom, was also asked if Lukaku could sign a new deal, to which he replied: "Yes, that is possible."

Lukaku staying at Goodison Park is huge for the Toffees given how reliant they are on his goals.

Twenty-eight strikes in his last two Premier League campaigns - 18 of which coming last term - is a fine return for someone who is just 23-years-old and still developing.

Consistency remains an issue but that will undoubtedly come in time.

Koeman is certainly chuffed about keeping hold of Lukaku, after writing in his De Telegraaf column: "Lukaku is the top scorer, the target man and only 23 years old. Him staying at the club is just as valuable as a big transfer."

Lukaku's decision to stay will come as a surprise to many considering how Chelsea were willing to offer him a lucrative contract and starting role at Stamford Bridge.

However, his pledge to remain on Merseyside comes as a breath of fresh air given how players are all too willing to up sticks when more money is at stake.

With Lukaku's future settled, Koeman will now be focused on the season ahead and building on his side's victory on Saturday.

He opted to start his star striker on the bench but brought him on seven minutes before half-time.

"I was not doubting the player or his qualities," the ex-Southampton boss said.

"He was 10 days out with injury and he only did yesterday his second session, but I am not so stupid to put him on the bench next week (against Stoke City). Of that there is no question."

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