Everton striker Romelu Lukaku will have to leave Everton to realize his full potential, his manager Ronald Koeman said on Wednesday.
The Belgium international joined the Premier League club on loan from Chelsea in 2013 before making the move permanent in an Everton record £28 million deal in 2014.
Media reports has it that Lukaku asked for a transfer this year but he remained at Goodison Park and has scored seven league goals this season.
While responding to the media Koeman revealed that “His potential is greater and higher than Everton as a final destination, If Romelu was to play at Everton until the end of his career I know he has left something behind,”
“I gave him confidence and he has himself recognised that it was good for his development to play another year at Everton. What after this season comes, no-one knows.” the Dutchman added.
Koeman likened the powerful Lukaku to former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert who he coached at Barcelona.
“Kluivert was also a striker who was quite young when he was in the picture and had a fantastic career. Eventually, Kluivert played for Barcelona which could happen with Lukaku,” Koeman said.
“Lukaku can hold a ball and be a target man and because he is tall and physically strong, you can play directly with the long ball.”