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Lukaku: “I hope Everton finish higher than Chelsea”
Everton loanee and Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku has given a frank interview that condemns Jose Mourinho’s decision to send him out on loan for a second straight season.
Although Lukaku highlights his desire to stay and perform at Chelsea, he also demonstrates his frustrations at being left out once more – and states that it is his principal desire this season to outscore all of Chelsea’s strikers.
Talking to Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad about his controversial loan move, he said “I couldn’t do much about it. The coach made his choice, and, as a player, you have to respect it. I went along with it, and it is now up to me to prove he was wrong.”
“It has been two years in a row now, and it does make you question things and wonder why. But that’s life. You just have to get on with it. The only thing I can do is play well and score as many goals as I can, and then maybe people will notice what I am about.”
When asked about Mourinho’s recent assertion that playing for Everton is “different” than playing for Chelsea, Lukaku replied “What can I say? Everyone has their own opinion on things. I can only underline my case by scoring more goals than all the strikers currently at Chelsea, and that is what I will be striving to do this season.”
Lukaku then went on to state his goals for this season in a manner that may well worry Chelsea fans in terms of his waning loyalty to the club.
“I hope my goals will help Everton finish higher than Chelsea. I am at Everton for the season, and I want to do as well as I possibly can for them. I also hope Jose Mourinho and I are both at Chelsea for a long time, because I want the best for Chelsea and I know he is a good coach.”
“I think he makes his decisions in good conscience and with the intention of doing the best he can for the club. That’s done now, and I can only concentrate on doing well at Everton.”
“I had a good conversation with Roberto Martinez before joining them. He told me he would make me a better, smarter striker, and it was exactly what I wanted to hear. I think I am smarter already. My movement has improved, I am reading the game better and, as he promised, I am converting chances more efficiently.”
When asked about recent expressions of interest demonstrated by Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, Lukaku did insist that he sees his immediate future at Chelsea.
“They are not exactly small clubs, and it is flattering to be linked with them,’ he said ‘I appreciate they feel I could handle playing at that level, but my goal has not changed. I want to succeed at Chelsea.”