Jose: Lukaku handed in transfer request
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Romelu Lukaku handed in a transfer request before being loaned to Everton at the start of the season.
The Belgian striker has scored seven goals in seven Barclays Premier League starts so far this season, prompting many to ask why Mourinho didn’t keep him at Stamford Bridge this term as they seek to mount a title challenge.
“Romelu likes to speak. The only thing that he didn’t say is why he went to Everton on loan,” he said.
“When some day he scored and he was saying ‘I hope Jose is watching this’. It was like saying ‘why did he let me go?’ and that’s what I’m telling you now. Tell the country why you left. Ask him.
“When you keep quiet all the time, you keep quiet all the time. When you like to speak, when you enjoy to speak, speak everything. Don’t speak only half of it. Speak everything.
“And it’s a simple question: why did you leave Chelsea? Ask him.”
Lukakau joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in August 2011, but spent last season on loan at West Brom, scoring 17 goals.
However, Mourinho does believe that there are some benefits associated with his latest loan move.
“It’s good for his evolution. It’s good for Chelsea, because he belongs to us for a long time and I’m happy with that,” he added.
“I’m happy that he’s scoring goals against our direct rivals and he doesn’t score against us because he can’t.
“It’s phenomenal when you have a player even when he’s not playing for you he’s scoring against your opponent. That’s very, very good.”