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Everton morning headlines as Lukaku told to 'come home'

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Here are the Everton morning headlines on Saturday, May 23.

Richarlison urges former Everton striker to ‘come home’

Richarlison has encouraged Romelu Lukaku to return to Everton in an interaction between the two players on social media.

Lukaku was asked for his view of the Brazilian striker on Twitter and replied: “He’s good.”

Richarlison’s response was simply: “Come home.”

He is clearly an admirer of Lukaku, who is currently at Inter Milan in Serie A after two seasons with Manchester United.

Richarlison made a similar comment on Twitter earlier this month, responding to a birthday message from Everton with: “Come back @RomeluLukaku9.”

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Former Liverpool goalkeeper praises ‘warmth’ of Everton fans

Sander Westerveld has spoken of the impact Everton’s fans had following his loan move from Portsmouth in 2006.

The Toffees were in desperate need of a goalkeeper and turned to the ex-Liverpool man, who played for Everton’s rivals between 1999 and 2001.

“I was playing for Portsmouth but was on the bench," Westerveld told Anfield Edition.

“On my way to watch Chelsea play Barcelona, David Moyes phoned me in the car and said he needed a goalkeeper who could play for a month. Straightaway I said yes.

“I put the phone down and was like ‘oh crap, it’s Everton’. I always had a great connection with Everton because nine out of 10 of my friends in Liverpool were Bluenoses.

“I phoned them and they said ‘we’d love to have you there, everyone will understand, you’re not going straight from Liverpool to Everton, you got kicked out of Liverpool’.

“From the second I arrived, the atmosphere and the warmth of the fans at Everton made such an impression on me. It was one of the best experiences of my whole career.

“I ran onto the pitch and they accepted me and were clapping their hands. I was really surprised, everything was positive.

“It was almost like they were saying thank you, because they had three goalkeepers out, I was there to help and I tried to help them.

“It was a good opportunity to show myself to the world again and get some minutes under my belt. From the very first minute to the very end I was loving it.”

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Premier League chief executive gives update on potential return

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has updated fans on the current situation and hinted at an imminent return to action.

There has been no confirmed date for the resumption of the season yet, but the return to training of Everton and Liverpool players last week suggests it is not far away.

“We've taken the first step,” Masters told BBC Sport. “It's great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.

“We wouldn't have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren't convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players.

“It is the first step and we have to be sure when we go to contact training we have completed those processes.

“We have done everything we possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible.

“We think it is safe to return. We have to respect players' decisions not to return to training. I would be comfortable to return to training.”




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