Lukaku could stay at Everton – Raiola

Mino Raiola says that Romelu Lukaku is in talks with Everton over extending his contract at the Premier League club.

The 23-year-old former Chelsea striker, who signed a five-year deal with the Toffees in July 2014 for a club record fee of £28 million, was s target for the Blues during the recent transfer window.

Everton, however, rejected a number of approaches from the London side and will now look to keep him beyond the current campaign.

Lukaku had previously intimated that he saw his career away from Goodison Park, but may be persuaded to stay, explained his agent.

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He told the Daily Mail: "We are talking, yes it is possible that he could stay.

"This year the message was clear he was not for sale and he is really happy there at the moment. We are happy with what the club is doing now, we will see how the season goes."

After 1,139 goalless minutes Lukaku netted the 12th quickest hat-trick in Premier League history, in the 3-0 win against Sunderland last week to earn the Man of the Match award, before  scoring Everton's third goal in the 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Raiola, who rates his client highly added: "I spoke with him after his hat-trick against Sunderland. I said you were rubbish, you should have scored six!

"There was talk of Juventus but no-one can afford him in Italy. Outside of England, realistically the only clubs that can afford him are Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid."

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Still, Everton boss Ronald Koeman realises that holding onto Lukaku going forward will be increasingly difficult.

“The club is always trying to keep the best players, it’s difficult but Everton is trying to keep Rom in this football club,” he said.

“The final decision is always by the board about selling players. Rom when he came back from the Euros was really confident about this season.

“That’s part of the ambition of players – it’s good they have ambition, but it starts with your own performance. Of course it is easier to be happy when you are winning.

“At the moment there is no reason to be unhappy, football is about being happy, we are doing it in a way that the fans are happy, and of course everyone happy because we’re winning.”

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