Jose Mourinho: Romelu Lukaku has nothing to prove to Chelsea
Jose Mourinho says Chelsea 'don't sell garbage' ahead of Romelu Lukaku's return to Stamford Bridge
Jose Mourinho insists that Romelu Lukaku has nothing to prove to Chelsea ahead of the Everton striker’s return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The 21-year-old joined Everton in a £28m deal in the summer transfer window after Mourinho refused to guarantee the Belgium international a first-team place.
We don’t sell garbage. We sell top players
Lukaku has struggled to replicate his impressive form during his initial loan spell with the Toffees last term, scoring seven times in 24 Premier League games so far this season.
When quizzed about the giant striker, Mourinho described Lukaku as a good player and added that the Belgian should get a warm reception from the home crowd on Wednesday night.
“No, he doesn’t have a point to prove. I think he proves every weekend that he’s a good player,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference at Cobham on Tuesday afternoon.
“Nobody has doubts at Chelsea that he’s a good player. He has nothing to prove to us. He is a difficult opponent. You have to know that. We know that better than anyone.”
Chelsea have sold some of Europe’s most exciting talent over the past 13 months, including Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne, Lukaku and Andre Schurrle.
The Blues have recouped over £100m from the sale of the out-of-favour quartet, but Mourinho wasn’t surprised by the west London side’s ability to get value for their dispensable stars.
“We don’t sell garbage. We sell top players,” Mourinho added.
“Mata: world champion. Schurrle: world champion. Lukaku: one of the best young strikers, fantastic prospect. De Bruyne: one of the best young players, also. Both playing for a very important national team, probably one of the best national teams for the next decade.
“We sell top players and we get top fees. If we didn’t get top fees, we wouldn’t sell them because we want to keep them.”
Chelsea are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table after the Blues edged to a 2-1 win at Aston Villa while Manchester City drew 11 with Hull at The Etihad on Saturday.