Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that it will be difficult keeping striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian international has been on fire recently, scoring six goals in his last three games. His agent Mino Raiola has said that he is in talks to renew at Goodison Park, but Koeman knows it’d take a lot to keep him.
“The club is always trying to keep the best players,” Koeman told reporters ahead of the EFL clash against Norwich. “It’s difficult but Everton is trying to keep him.
“Romelu, I saw from the start in the pre-season when he was back after the Euros that he was really confident for this season.
“That [links to other clubs] is a part of the ambition, that’s normal. It’s good that players have ambition.
Koeman trying to keep Lukaku
“It starts always with your own performance and everyone is happy to be part of Everton. That’s not so difficult at the moment.”
Lukaku won’t be available for the match against Norwich, but Koeman has signaled his intention to go as far as he can in the tournament.
“Romelu is not available and only he is not fit for tomorrow,” he said.
“He will have a rest with his toe for two days and then after two days he should be able to do normal training and be available for the weekend.”
He added: “It’s important, normally we can’t win the [Premier League] title. Leicester last season is an exception. Then you have the EFL Cup, you have the FA Cup.
“We take it seriously. Of course, we will do some changes but all the players who will start are training hard to get an opportunity to play. We will have a strong team.”