Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is considering legal action against Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri over remarks made on Tuesday night.
Moshiri caused a stir at Everton’s AGM when he claimed that Lukaku decided to back out of contract negotiations after a phone call to his mother “who was on a pilgrimage in Africa and had seen a voodoo or something who said he had to go to Chelsea.”
Lukaku is understood to be furious with Moshiri’s remarks, with a representative telling BBC Sport:
“Romelu’s decision had nothing to do with voodoo. He distances himself from these beliefs and this statement and will now see what judicial steps can be taken in relation to them.”
“Romelu is very catholic and voodoo is not part of his life or his beliefs. He simply had no faith in Everton and no confidence in Mr Moshiri’s project. That is why he did not want to sign on any condition. He wanted to make the next step in his career and wanted the security to be able to leave.”
Everton made multiple attempts to keep Lukaku at the club beyond this season, with Moshiri claiming that the issue was not financial, but the determination of both the player himself and his agent Mino Raiola to get the player out of Merseyside was clear throughout the latter part of the 2016/17 season.
Chelsea did end up bidding for Lukaku in an attempt to bring the Belgian international back to Stamford Bridge, but by then he had already agreed to join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.