Romelu Lukaku: Everton striker wants to curb social media use by top footballers

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Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku wants social media bosses to meet with top footballers to discuss their use of social media.

The Everton forward, 25, says footballers “need to rethink” how they use social media.

Asked if he thinks footballers have been wasting time online, Lukaku told the BBC: “Yeah, I think we all do. There are some which are the way to be.

“But others are wasting time on it. In the last year I’ve stopped because I don’t want to waste time on it.”

United States-based Lukaku is the Premier League’s joint leading scorer this season with seven goals and says footballers need to be fully aware of the risks involved.

“We have a job, we have to take care of ourselves and our career. That’s the most important thing. Of course, in this job you have to show yourself,” he said.

“But it’s also important to make time to relax and take care of yourself. You have to be in the right frame of mind.”

He added: “Why you use social media, and why do you think it’s important, we need to discuss with the big guys because we are their biggest client.

“We are only concerned with winning games but sometimes we can win games without scoring so it is not as simple as a lot of people think.”

Lukaku joined Everton in the summer of 2015 from Manchester United, having made 38 Premier League appearances for the Old Trafford club in a two-and-a-half-year stint.

The Belgium international hit four goals in his two appearances against Manchester City this term.

He says he is learning from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who led the Red Devils to 13 Premier League titles during his 26-year reign at Old Trafford.

“I was in his shoes with the pressure he felt, not to play, and he gave me a lot of time to sit,” said Lukaku.

“The best part was that he told me what I did wrong and what I should do right, then I learned from him and I did better.”

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