Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he asked Jose Mourinho to let him leave the club this summer.
The Belgian striker went on a season-long loan deal to Everton on the final day of the transfer window and Lukaku has insisted that it was his decision to depart Stamford Bridge.
The 20-year-old has made a fine start to his Everton career, scoring three goals in his first two league games for the Merseyside outfit - which has left some questioning why he was allowed to leave Chelsea this season.
The decision to let the Belgian ace leave the club has become even more surprising as Chelsea's strikers have yet to score a Premier League goal between them this season.
However, when discussing his loan move away from Stamford Bridge, Lukaku, speaking to the Daily Telegraph, said: "I did not know if I would be playing for Chelsea so I asked the manager to let me leave. We spoke and I told him.
"It's unfair to criticise Mourinho for letting me go because it was my decision.
"He knows what he is doing. He has won so many titles and I have too much respect for him to wish anything but the best.
"But there comes a point where you must think about yourself to show everyone that you can shine and be one of the best strikers in the league.
"I could have stayed and fought, but it was not about the competition. When you are a 20-year-old you need minutes. I lost my place in the national team because I did not play for a year with Chelsea.
"I want that position back. I want to be in a top team and play. You only get better if you play so the best thing was to leave.
"He'd called me into his office 10 days before the end of the window. I did not want to tell him what I wanted to do at that point, but he was very open and direct.
"I always wanted to work under him and even the time in pre-season he taught me lots I'm grateful for but I had to make a choice."
Lukaku will be hoping to carry on his great early season form as Everton travel to Chelsea's title rivals Manchester City this afternoon.