Lukaku 'left Everton after voodoo message'

From BBC - January 9, 2018

Striker Romelu Lukaku decided to leave Everton after a "voodoo message" told him to join Chelsea, the Merseyside club's major shareholder has claimed.

The Belgium international, 24, eventually joined Manchester United for an initial 75m last summer.

Farhad Moshiri told a shareholders' meeting the player received the message "on a pilgrimage to Africa" having been set to sign a new deal at Everton.

"He had a voodoo and got the message he needs to go to Chelsea," said Moshiri.

Premier League champions Chelsea had bid for Lukaku, but he opted instead to join Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

Last March Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, had claimed a new deal to remain at Everton was "99.9% done".

"We offered him a better deal than Chelsea and his agent came to Finch Farm to sign the contract," Moshiri told Everton's annual general meeting.

"Robert [Elstone, chief executive] was there, everything was in place, there were a few reporters outside," he added.

Moshiri said Lukaku then "called his mother" before the player revealed he had received the message telling him to join Chelsea.

Iranian billionaire Moshiri, who has put 150m of his own money into the Merseyside club to clear debts, said the Toffees offered the striker an "unbelievable" amount of money to stay.


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