Jose Mourinho: Romelu Lukaku loan was not a hard decision

Jose Mourinho reveals Romelu Lukaku asked to leave Chelsea on loan in order to guarantee regular first-team football

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Romelu Lukaku scored 17 goals for West Brom last season Photo: H Bischoff/Wikimedia

Jose Mourinho has revealed that Romelu Lukaku asked to leave Chelsea on loan this season in order to guarantee regular first-team football.

The 20-year-old Belgian, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht in 2011, joined Everton on a season-long loan after a successful spell at West Bromwich Albion last season.

The striker’s temporary switch to Goodison Park came as Chelsea brought in Samuel Eto’o on a free transfer, but Mourinho says that it was the player himself who opened the door to another loan move.

“[The decision was] not so hard because it was something that he was very keen to do,” said Mourinho.

“The kid wants to play every weekend. I don’t know if Roberto [Martínez] promised him that but the kid is more keen on that than competing every week against other big players for one position.

“He’s a great kid and that’s why we don’t want to sell him. We didn’t sell him when we had good proposals to do it. We believe he is a player [who can be] for many years at Chelsea.

“But he was the first one to open the door for [the loan move].

“So when the player is very happy to go, and we signed Samuel, it was quite a good way to resolve the situation because we kept three experienced players in a position that demands a lot in the Premier League.”

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