Koeman criticises Lukaku and warns Everton will not be held to ransom

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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 past year of his contract.

"Football is a business and you make decisions at the end of the season".

"I am not happy about that interview because first, when Everton FC was not a club with a lot of ambition, I wasn't the manager". That's what I know from the board.

Mourinho later emerged himself smiling while Raiola darted off unseen by waiting photographers.

Lukaku has since spoken of his desire to win trophies and cited a lack of ambition at Everton, owing to the club's hierarchy missing out on important signings, but Raiola was more concerned about his other prestigious clients as he arrived in Manchester on Thursday.

The attacking midfielder was tipped for greatness ever since he broke into the Everton starting 11 and he too will be looking to take his career to the next level.

"But I think Ronald Koeman is building something special at Everton and, if the owner makes a big investment in the summer, I can see Everton have a really big season next year".

He continued: "There is no need to put him out of the team". The team is playing well. "There is no need to take him out of the team".

The 23-year-old, who came through the ranks at Everton, has scored five goals in 29 appearances this season and Koeman stressed that he has not offered an ultimatum to the player. "So instead of living in the past, you have to think ahead", the Belgian added.

On social media there's been a mix of hope he will still sign, realism that maybe Everton need to do more to keep him, and pessimism that he's gone already. Of course his situation is different [to that of Romelu Lukaku] as his contract runs out next year.

"Secondly, and I spoke with Rom this morning, I know it's hard but if you are a player, prepare yourself to play well and score goals - the rest needs to be done by the manager and the club".