Mourinho unaware of Spurs bid for Chelsea star

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is unaware of interest from Everton or Tottenham in forward Romelu Lukaku.

As reported by The Metro, the Chelsea manager revealed there has been no bids for the Belgian international so far, despite speculation to the contrary.

Reports have suggested Lukaku's representatives are in talks over a summer departure from Stamford Bridge, with Spurs thought to be keen.

Everton, where Lukaku is currently enjoying a hugely successful loan spell, are also in the mix for his signature at the end of the season.

But speaking to reporters ahead of their game against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, the Blues boss dismissed speculation linking the on-loan striker with a Chelsea departure.

"Have we had any approaches? No," said Mourinho. "I don't think it's the time to speak about it.

"He's a Chelsea player, but at the same time he's an Everton player until the end of the season. We want to respect that. Everton are good club for a loan. Our player is there and our player is playing.

"He is developing and that's what you expect. With Lukaku and Everton the loan is working well. Working for Everton, for Lukaku and Chelsea."

Mourinho is expected to clear out several of Chelsea's first-team players this summer, with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and possibly Samuel Eto'o set to leave.

That would open up space for Lukaku to return, although Mourinho is also expected to dip into the transfer market for a big-name forward when the transfer window re-opens.

Mourinho's unhappiness with his current crop of strikers is well-documented, and for a title-challenging squad like Chelsea's, goals have been surprisingly difficult to come by.

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