One of the more unexpected headlines to emerge from Tuesday’s AGM was a tale involving Romelu Lukaku, his mum, Chelsea and voodoo.
Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri claimed Lukaku backed out of signing a new deal at Goodison Park because he’d called his mother and had a voodoo message saying he should sign for Chelsea.
Lukaku didn’t sign for Chelsea, of course, but did turn down a new deal on Merseyside before leaving for Manchester United.
Lukaku has since responded to those claims, admitting that he had a very good offer on the table from Everton for him to stay.
Man Utd striker @RomeluLukaku9 to seek legal advice over @Everton owners claims. Decision to leave was to better himself. Had no faith in Moshiri project. "Romelu is very catholic and voodoo is not part of his life or his beliefs. He distances himself from these statements."— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 10, 2018
Romelu Lukaku taking legal advice following Farhad Moshiri's voodoo comments. Belgian striker's representatives say he's "sad and angry" at #Everton owner's claims. Lukaku doesn't believe in voodoo and is a Roman Catholic.— Matt Hughes (@MattHughesTimes) January 10, 2018
However, according Matt Hughes of The Times and the BBC’s Simon Stone, Lukaku refutes any suggestion voodoo was involved and is considering legal action.
A spokesman for Lukaku said:
“Romelu is very catholic and voodoo is not part of his life or his beliefs. He distances himself from these statements.”
We may not have heard the last of this.