Romelu Lukaku should not have joined Everton, says striker’s new agent

Raiola warns Martinez will lose Belgium international striker to one of world’s best sides

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku severed ties with long-standing agent Christophe Henrotay and switched to Mino Raiola last month. Photograph: Reuters.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku severed ties with long-standing agent Christophe Henrotay and switched to Mino Raiola last month. Photograph: Reuters.

 

Romelu Lukaku’s new agent has claimed the Belgium striker should not have joined Everton last summer and will eventually sign for one of Europe most powerful clubs.

Less than 24 hours after Roberto Martinez insisted there was nothing untoward in Lukaku’s decision to sever ties with agent Christophe Henrotay and switch to Mino Raiola, the Everton manager found himself undermined by the representative in question.Raiola told the Belgian media outlet Sudpresse he would never have allowed the 21-year-old to leave Chelsea for Everton.

“If we had met each other earlier, he wouldn’t have played for Everton,” said Raiola, who became Lukaku’s agent last month. “Maybe somewhere else, maybe he would still be at Chelsea. I want to be clear: Romelu is a better striker than Diego Costa and could have done the same as the Spaniard did this season.

“We have never said he would leave at the end of this season. We will see what happens in the summer, but the Everton directors don’t have to think Rom will play there for the rest of his career. Later on, he’ll play for one of world’s best teams: PSG, Manchester City, Manchester United or Bayern Munich. ”

Key player

Fellaini has emerged as a key player for the manager after he struggled last season.

“When he plays as he does now I cannot change him,” said Van Gaal. “He had an unlucky season because he was injured and ill [this year], but when fit he has always played for me because I was looking for a balance and he can give a lot of balance.” Guardian Service

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