- Farhad Moshiri says Lukaku got a phone call from his mother that changed his mind
- The striker eventually left the Toffees to join Manchester United for £75million
- Lukaku was supposed to sign a contract extension at Everton but turned his back later
Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has revealed Romelu Lukaku decided to leave the club after a witch doctor advised him to join Chelsea.
The Belgium international was close to signing a contract worth £140,000-per-week, but suddenly backtracked last March and told the club he wanted to leave in the summer.
Speaking at the club's annual AGM, Moshiri revealed he offered Lukaku more than Chelsea were offering but his advances were still rejected.
"If I tell you what we offered him you wouldn't believe it but they offered him a better deal," said Moshiri.
"His agent came to the training ground and was about to sign and the player was on a pilgrimage in Africa and he had a voodoo or something and he had to sign for Chelsea.
"The issue with Romelu was not financial. As long as I am major shareholder financial issues are irrelevant. I wasted two summers to keep him: first summer with his agent, him and his family we managed to keep him."
Lukaku subsequently moved to Manchester United in deal worth £90million.
Moshiri also explained why Ross Barkley moved to Chelsea last week.
"I used all my charm on Ross but unfortunately I failed," said Moshiri. "(Luis) Suarez had to bite a few players to get off! The most painful was Ross Barkley, Last year I said we had three stars: Stones, Barley and Romelu. Ross was the one, the local boy, we thought we wouldn't lose.
"When it got to the two years I met his agent and and said we need to extend the contract. He said 'You need to get Ronald Koeman' and we got Koeman. He then said Stones was his friend and he should be allowed to leave and he left.
"We got into the last year and again we didn't want him to go. Bill miraculously got an offer for £35m for a player who was injured and then he changed his mind. Sam (Allardyce) spoke to him and he didn't want to stay."
Everton managed to secure a £15million fee for the England international, who had six months remaining on his contract.
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