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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Romelu Lukaku would never have joined Everton if I had represented him, says striker's new agent

Chris Bascombe

Published 03/04/2015 | 17:49

Romelu Lukaku, pictured, impressed Roberto Martinez in Switzerland
Romelu Lukaku, pictured, impressed Roberto Martinez in Switzerland

Romelu Lukaku’s new agent says the striker would never have signed for Everton had he represented him last summer.

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Mino Raiola, who is also the agent of Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli, added Lukaku to his client list last month.

Roberto Martinez said he was not concerned about the change earlier this week, but speaking to Belgian media Raiola said it was only a matter of time before the striker moves on.

"If we had met each other earlier, he wouldn't have played for Everton,” Raiola told Sudpresse.

“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. But the Chelsea directors had decided to buy another star than giving confidence to one of their young boys.

"Juventus was interested in him last summer, but I want to be clear: I don't think one of the Italian teams can pay that amount of money for one player. It's almost impossible. 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 of Bayern Munich. Big names, but nothing is impossible as Rom has great potential."

Martinez said on Thursday Lukaku’s change of representative is not a sign he is seeking an imminent move from Everton.

“We are not concerned, no. Rom is entitled to do that,” said Martinez.

“Everyone speaks about the colourful character that Mino Raiola is, but he has a lot of players who are very much people who are happy to stay at one club. I dealt with Mino Raiola at Wigan. I don’t think there anything to read into that.”

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