Bill Kenwright says Everton departures will be decided by Koeman

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

Ronald Koeman took charge at Everton this week.

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

Quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Bill Kenwright has said that manager Ronald Koeman will be the one to decide who leaves the club this summer.

Koeman was confirmed as the club’s new manager this week after they secured his move from Southampton.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku on the benchEverton's Romelu Lukaku on the bench

He is expected to be busy in the summer transfer window after reportedly being handed a huge transfer budget.

His first priority however, will be keeping players at the club with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and John Stones linked with big money moves away.

The Blues are naturally keen to keep their star men and Kenwright says Koeman will decide if there will be any departures.

“At the end of the day it will be up to the manager who he wants and who he keeps," the Manchester Evening News reports him saying.

“But have I been working on keeping Rom[Lukaku]? Has Farhad been working on keeping Rom? Do we want to keep Rom? 100 per cent we want to keep Rom. That’s where we are. Ross [Barkley] and [John] Stones too.”

Everton's John StonesEverton's John Stones

Whether Everton can keep hold of their prize assets this summer remains to be seen given the team’s linked with making a move.

Lukaku seems determined to leave and play for a Champions League club, while John Stones would surely be tempted by the chance to work with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Of course, with the new money at the club, Everton have no need to sell and will be hoping they can convince their men that a stay at Goodison Park would be a smart move.

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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