Everton manager Roberto Martinez has explained to the Daily Post that he doesn’t have any fear over Romelu Lukaku leaving the club this summer.
Martinez has given a bullish message over the current status of the Belgian striker, who has been in good form for the Toffees since the turn of the year.
“We love having him here and that is why we much such a big commitment in signing him on a long term contract,” said Martinez.
“From my point of view he is on a long-term contract. The worry would be if his contract would be up in the summer.”
“For me there is no issue for me to have to comment on, it is not as if the player wants to leave or that he is not happy.”
Lukaku is a key figure in Everton’s attack for a variety of reasons, but most notably because he offers their frontline something they don’t have in any other player.
He has an imposing presence up front, he’s strong and also has a very good burst of pace. He’s capable of playing as a target man and also offers a threat in behind the opposition’s defence.
All in all, he’s a very versatile and complete forward so it’s no wonder there is some speculation over his future.
The Daily Mail has reported that his agent has suggested that he could leave the Toffees at the end of the season, but Martinez has given a very clear message over the way he currently views and judges the player.
Any striker in form, playing well and scoring goals is going to attract attention from a variety of parties, but it should be encouraging for the club’s fans that the only thing Martinez seems to be focused on is using that form for the benefit of the team.