Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Everton has helped them in balancing the book and remain within Financial Fair Play.
After months of speculations Romelu Lukaku finally completed his move to Everton as Jose Mourinho failing to promise him regular first team action. The Chelsea manager has now revealed that part of the decision, to sell him, was made in order balance the books.
Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 after being hailed as the ‘new Drogba’, and ironically his departure from the London club preceded by the return of the old Drogba to the club. The Belgium international failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge in the three seasons he was at the club, despite producing some wonderful performances on loan to West Brom and Everton.
The 21-year-old outscored every Chelsea striker during his loan spell at Everton last season and returned to his club with hopes of finally breaking into the first team. Jose Mourinho insisted that Lukaku wanted to be the first-choice striker at the club, but he couldn’t promise him that, specially after the arrival of Diego Costa this summer.
Lukaku was desperate for regular first team action and Everton were keen to sign him back after impressing Roberto Martinez with his performances last season. The Belgium striker finally completed his move to Everton last night on a club record transfer and Mourinho has wished him well at his new club.
“First of all, Romelu was always very clear in his mentality. He wanted to play for Chelsea but he wanted to be clearly the first-choice striker which, in a club of our dimension, is very difficult to promise to a player.
“After that Everton came in with an important offer. As I always say, because it’s the reality, our club wants to do things really well. We want to always be inside of the rules. Financial Fair Play is something that is always in the thoughts of Chelsea’s board.
“When you have the chance to make some movements that create a positive impact in Financial Fair play, Chelsea always analyse this situation. This season, in this transfer window, the situation of David Luiz and Romelu leave Chelsea in a great position even knowing that we also bought a few players.
“The important thing is that he is happy and things work well for him. He is a good kid. He has a way of organising his career project. The only thing we can do is to wish him well because we had him here last season and he’s a good kid. He deserves luck, he deserves to be happy. Chelsea Football Club wishes him well.” – The Chelsea manager said.