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Prove we can be winners or we'll lose Lukaku: Koeman

Everton manager Ronald Koeman admits the club have to prove their ambitions to Romelu Lukaku in order to keep the striker at Goodison Park.

In December, the Belgium international's agent Mino Raiola claimed a new deal was "99 per cent done" and while the contract has not yet been finalised, he insisted yesterday that Lukaku would sign without any problems.

"There are no problems right now between the player and the club. Talks are ongoing. He will sign," Raiola said.

With the 23-year-old's four goals last Saturday making him the Premier League's leading scorer, it would make sense for the Toffees - who face Middlesbrough tomorrow - to conclude negotiations quickly. However, Koeman knows unless they can back up commitment with progress on the field, it will not help in the long-term.

"If players see a future in the club and the team is improving and getting stronger, that is always a plus for them to stay," said Koeman.

"That is what we need to show him so he is convinced the short future is at Everton. We know everyone has their own ambition but we want to keep good players.

"It is up to everyone to show we have ambition and are fighting to win titles."

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