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Lukaku turned down Everton contract because of 'voodoo message' - Moshiri

Lukaku turned down Everton contract because of 'voodoo message' - Moshiri
From ESPN - January 9, 2018

Romelu Lukaku refused to sign a new contract at Everton after a "voodoo message" told him to join Chelsea, according to the club's major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

The Belgium international was in a meeting in March at which he was scheduled to sign a new contract -- around the time his agent Mino Raiola claimed the deal was 99.9 percent done -- when the U-turn happened.

"His agent went to Finch Farm to sign the contract," Moshiri told Everton's AGM.

"Then somehow during the meeting, Romelu called his mother and said she was on a pilgrimage to Africa and had seen some sort of voodoo message that said he had to sign for Chelsea."

Iranian billionaire Moshiri, who has pumped 150 million of his own money into the club to clear debts, said the Toffees offered the striker an "unbelievable" amount of money to stay, understood to be 140,000 a week.

"The issue with Romelu was not financial. As long as I am major shareholder financial issues are irrelevant," he said.

"I wasted two summers to keep him: first summer with his agent, him and his family we managed to keep him.

"Last summer we offered him a better deal than Chelsea, whatever they offered we matched but he just did not want to stay.

"If I tell you what we offered him you would not believe it but they offered him a better deal."

Lukaku, who is big friends with Manchester United playmaker Paul Pogba, eventually moved to Old Trafford in July for an initial 75m after Jose Mourinho caught his former side napping over the transfer.

"I got close to Rom, I like the boy, he's a good boy, and I used all my charm to keep him and I flatly failed," Moshiri added.

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