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Mourinho: Lukaku wanted to leave

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In Jose Mourinho's pre-Everton press conference, the Chelsea manager said that it was star striker Romelu Lukaku's decision to move to the Toffees on transfer deadline day.

The on-loan striker impressed last season in a spell with West Brom, scoring 17 goals in 35 appearances, and so many were surprised when Mourinho allowed him to leave on a season-long loan during the transfer window. 

The Belgian international is still just 20-years-old, but has impressed in the Premier League after his £17million move from Anderlect in 2011. His all-action style and athletic physique has drawn comparisons with the ex-Chelsea hitman Didier Drogba - a legend during Mourinho's last spell at Chelsea.

Speaking to the press on Friday, Mourinho said:

"He [Lukaku] was keen to go out on loan. It was not a difficult decision - he wants to play every weekend. He is more keen on that than competing with other big players for a position - that's why we didn't sell him."

Mourinho also confirmed that Romelu Lukaku had been the subject of big-money bids from other clubs.

"We had lots of proposals. Good proposals. But we see a big future for him at Chelsea".

Lukaku was expected to return to West Brom for another season-long loan spell, but instead moved to Everton. The powerful forward is currently ineligible to make his debut against his parent club this weekend, but could make his Toffees debut against West Ham on the 21st September.

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