Furious Romelu Lukaku Plans Legal Action Over Everton Owner's 'Voodoo' Slur

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku is considering taking legal action against Everton owner Fahrad Moshiri after he claimed the striker left Goodison Park due to a "voodoo message."

Moshiri was speaking at a shareholders' meeting on Tuesday (January 9) when he said Lukaku had decided to leave Everton and join Chelsea last summer after "a pilgrimage to Africa."

The 24-year-old Belgian striker ended up signing for Manchester United instead in a £75 million transfer, five months after his agent Mino Raiola had claimed a new contract with Everton was "99.9 percent done."

Lukaku, a Roman Catholic, is said to have been left angry and upset by Moshiri's claims, according to the BBC. A representative of striker said: "Romelu's decision had nothing to do with voodoo."

Moshiri had told the shareholders that Everton were ready for Raiola to come and complete the final details of the renewed contract when Lukaku revealed the message telling him to join Chelsea.

The Iranian billionaire said they had made him an "unbelievable offer" that was higher than Chelsea's. Lukaku's representatives say he rejected the opportunity to become the highest paid player in Everton's history to play at the top level, the BBC says.

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Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, September 30, 2017. Lukaku is considering taking legal action over comments made by the Everton owner. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty

"Romelu is very catholic and voodoo is not part of his life or his beliefs," the representative said.

"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."

Moshiri had said that he had been unable to convince Lukaku to return from Los Angeles last summer, where he was joined by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and became his teammate.

"The issue with Romelu was not financial. As long as I am major shareholder, financial issues are irrelevant," Moshiri 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 didn't want to stay.

"If I tell you what we offered him you wouldn't believe it, but they offered him a better deal."