Ronald Koeman promises to try and keep Romelu Lukaku at Everton

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

The Everton striker has been linked with a number of top European sides this summer.

New manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conferenceNew manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conference

Speaking at his first press conference as Everton manager, Ronald Koeman says he is yet to talk to striker Romelu Lukaku about his future, but will try to keep him at the club.

Koeman was confirmed as the new Everton manager this week as they finally completed his move from Southampton. He takes over from Roberto Martinez at the club after the Spaniard was sacked at the end of last season.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceNew manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

He is expected to oversee a busy summer transfer window in which the Blues may look to overhaul their squad courtesy of the funds from Farhad Moshiri.

First and foremost he must convince star man Lukaku to stay at the club as he pushes for an exit from the club to an elite European club.

And Koeman says he will try to do something to ensure the Belgian stays at Goodison Park this summer.

“I haven’t spoken to Romelu,” he confirmed.

“From this moment, I’m working for Everton and I will talk to several players. Lukaku is a key player, a goalscorer; you don’t want to lose your best players. If I can do something about that, I will.”

Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action with Sunderland's Wes BrownEverton's Romelu Lukaku in action with Sunderland's Wes Brown

Whether Koeman can convince Lukaku, who scored 25 goals in all competitions last season, remains to be seen.

The striker seems determined to leave at some point and, alongside his agent, has been openly discussing a move for several weeks already.

With big money now on offer at Everton though, and the club looking upwards, perhaps Koeman can convince him to stick around for at least another season.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceEverton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

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