Roberto Martinez: Everton can keep Romelu Lukaku

Everton Romelu Lukaku

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Everton coach Roberto Martinez is adamant that the club do not need to sell the likes of Romelu Lukaku this summer.

The Belgian international hinted at a possible exit from Goodison Park during the international break when he admitted he wants to play Champions League football next season.

Everton are currently 12th in the table and any hopes of European football have been dashed after a disappointing campaign.

Manchester United have reportedly shown an interest in the former Chelsea star, while the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are reportedly monitoring his situation.

Reports have claimed the Blues will sell this summer but Martinez believes the arrival of billionaire Farhad Moshiri will help the club hang on to their star striker during this summer’s transfer window.

The Toffees managed to keep John Stone last summer and the former Wigan boss insists they can fend off interest in Lukaku as they try to build a competitive squad.

He said: “We don’t have to cash in and we showed that last summer with John.

“That was a clear example and in the summer we are going to make decisions in the same way. The way we work at Everton, everything is going to be about football.

“What Mr Moshiri is bringing is a desire to be the best we can and to be the best in the British game. He knows we have to keep the players who are going to take Everton to the next level.”

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