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Lukaku questions Toffees ambition, snubs new deal

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Spencer Simpson | 19 March, 2017, 00:36

But there was a more pointed message aimed at Barkley, whose improved recent form has earned him an England recall, and who is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract.

"Of course I am not happy about that interview".

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that it will take more than one season for the club to establish themselves as top-four contenders.

Koeman denied that Barkley - who has created more goalscoring chances in the Premier League than any other Englishman this season - has been issued with an ultimatum but compared the situation to that of Nathaniel Clyne, who was sold to Liverpool by the Dutchman's previous club Southampton after entering the a year ago of his contract.

Barkley has been on Chelsea's radar for a while now and he has really taken his game to another level this season. "Ross is a boy from Everton and what we need to show to him are the best reasons to stay". The big aim in football is to win as many titles as you can, so we need to try more, give a bit more.

"Everyone knows what can happen in football but you need to respect your contract", said Koeman.

"It is not an ultimatum but that is normal - that is business".

Despite the time running out on their contracts, Everton have valued Lukaku at £65m whilst Barkley is available for no less than £30m. "It's not an ultimatum but I spoke to Ross about a new contract and it's up to the board to get that over the line", Koeman added.

The 23-year-old turned down an offer, reportedly worth £140,000-a-week ($172,000), which would have made Lukaku the highest earner at Everton.

EVERTON striker Romelu Lukaku has questioned whether the English Premier League club shares his ambition to challenge for major honors and says he wants to be "remembered by winning trophies", not just for scoring goals. "He has no problem". I want my team to be the most attractive to play in the league. If he is fit, he will start and he will play and he will score goals.

Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has warned Everton star Romelu Lukaku that a return to Stamford Bridge would not be the right move at this stage of his career. "Every Premier League game is hard".

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