Koeman retains hope over Lukaku

19 March 2017 04:28:59 EST

Everton head coach Ronald Koeman expects his club to do everything possible to try and keep star striker Romelu Lukaku at the club.

The 23-year-old Belgium international recently gave an interview suggesting that he was highly unlikely to sign a contract extension at Goodison Park, despite the Toffees having been confident that a deal would be done.

We will do the maximum to keep these players, but the final decision will be with the player himself.

Ronald Koeman

However, Koeman remains hopeful of a positive outcome, having seen Lukaku score twice in a 4-0 home win over Hull City to take his Premier League tally to the season to 21.

The Dutchman told reporters: "You need to have hope in life. The fans love Romelu Lukaku and everyone loves Rom.

"Of course we would like to keep the best players, because we think we are (going) in a good direction in this project and you don't sell your best players.

"We will do the maximum to keep these players, but the final decision will be with the player himself."

Lukaku, who has scored in each of his last four games and who has found the net nine times in his last six outings, is 16/1 to finish the season as top scorer in the Premier League, with Harry Kane priced at 1/16 and Alexis Sanchez available at 33/1.

Meanwhile, Koeman fears that January recruit Morgan Schneiderlin could be out for several weeks after suffering a calf injury early on in the win on Saturday.

He added of the French midfielder: "I am a little bit worried that he will be out for several weeks, but we will have to wait until the scan to know what really happened."

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