Ronald Koeman on team news against Hull City.
“Leighton did training this morning. Normally will be available for the weekend.
“James McCarthy is progressing”
On Romelu Lukaku
“First of all the deal wasn’t agreed. 99.9 per cent is not 100. They are still trying to get the contract over the line”
“I am not happy about that interview because first, when Everton FC was not a club without a lot of ambition, I wasn’t the manager”
“Everybody sees the difference between this season & last season. It’s impossible to do this in one transfer window. It takes time”
“I’m not so afraid about his situation because the player has two more years on his contract”
“He’s training how he needs to train. There’s no reason to put him out of the team. The team needs Rom. We like to continue. If there’s any player who’s not interested in Everton, he will not start. Even not signing a new contract isn’t a problem
“He needs to respect his contract
“His contract is still two more years in Everton. It’s up to the board to have the deal done
On Ross Barkley having one year left on his contract
“Ross is a boy from Everton & what we need to show to him is the best reasons to stay
“The player by himself needs to understand it’s not an ultimatum. I spoke to Ross about a new contract. Now it’s up to the board
“He needs to sign a new contract or you sell the player.
“You need to make a decision that the club knows what will happen next year. That’s normal business – not like an ultimatum
On Everton’s Ambition
“The club is progressing and talking about a new stadium. That’s enough stuff to understand that #EFC is on a good direction”