The Belgian’s representative, Christophe Henrotay, tells Goal that rumours of a January loan switch from Goodison Park to Juventus are impossible and his client happy where he is
By Wayne Veysey | UK Correspondent
Romelu Lukaku will remain at Everton until next summer and a decision will not be made on his Chelsea future until next June, according to his agent.
The 20-year-old striker has been an instant hit at Goodison Park at the start of a second consecutive season-long loan from Stamford Bridge.
Reports have suggested that Lukaku could go on loan to Juventus in January but this is firmly denied by the player’s camp, who echo Everton manager Roberto Martinez in insisting there is no release clause in the contract that took him from Chelsea to Merseyside.
Lukaku’s long-time agent, Christophe Henrotay, told Goal: “It is impossible that Romelu joins Juventus in January for two reasons – he is on loan at Everton until the end of the season and, for him, there is nothing in his mind about changing clubs.
“There is no clause. It is a season-long loan. He chose to join Everton, he wanted to play for Everton and score goals for them and will not go anywhere in January. He is concentrating on his form and the manager is happy with him.
“In the summer it will be a decision between the club [Chelsea], me and Romelu over his future. He has two years left on his contract in June, so there is no decision about a transfer right now.”
Henrotay, who has managed Lukaku’s affairs since the Belgian progressed through the ranks at Anderlecht, dispelled rumours claiming that the player is now represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, whose clients include Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli.
“This rumour is not correct,” the agent explained. “I have heard that it comes from a fake Twitter account.
“Our relationship with Romelu is perfect. We still have a contract for a year or more. There is no reason that he would swap agents.”