Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has told talkSPORT that manager Ronald Koeman’s comments about Romelu Lukaku have been misinterpreted.
The Blues boss has come under fire this week after appearing to suggest the Belgian forward will have to leave Goodison Park to fully realise his potential.
Koeman had told Belgian newspaper HLN.be
“Everton should normally not be the end for him.
"Romelu will not have made the most of his career if he plays for Everton for the remainder of his career.”
Those comments have sparked anger among some Blues fans, who do not believe that the Everton manager should be openly suggesting his star player leaves.
On the flip side some fans simply believe that the Dutchman is simply trying to motivate the forward.
And now Moshiri has moved to back his manager, saying the comments have simply been taken out of context. In an interview with talkSPORT, he clarified -
“It has been taken out of context.
“Ronald Koeman said he believes Romelu will develop into one of the best strikers in the world in the next two to three years and wouldn’t be out of place at his old club, Barcelona. It is just player-coach talk.”
It remains to be seen what happens with Lukaku in future but Moshiri is likely to play a big part in deciding it.
The striker’s goalscoring record was always going to attract big money clubs attention and that is not likely to change moving forward.
But if Moshiri can present a vision of the club that is attractive, and help them to bring in the big players needed to do so, there is every chance they can convince the Belgian to stay on and help lead the Blues into a brighter future.