There seemed to be something of a rift developing between Romelu Lukaku and his parent club Chelsea over the opening months of the season as the Belgian was quite outspoken and took to having a few digs at the West London club.
This is something that Jose Mourinho had enough of last week when he told reporters that Lukaku is not being entirely honest and the Portuguese manager challenged the forward to reveal the motivation behind his loan move to Everton in public.
“Romelu is a young boy who likes to speak – but the only thing he doesn’t say is why he went to Everton on loan.
“My last contact with him was to ask him that. Why do you never say why you are not here?”
I’m not entirely sure how serious this may become or where it is going as Lukaku could just be one of those lads that likes to blab but is actually harmless. If he does want to leave Chelsea permanently in order to find regular football then it won’t be on the cheap as Sports Direct News claim that the likes of Everton would have to stump up £25 million in order to prise him away from Stamford Bridge – which is fair enough considering the amount of goals he has scored in a short amount of time and that price can only go up the longer he continues.
Although he is doing my head in every time he opens his mouth to the media I really hope Lukaku has a future at Chelsea as he’s a talented young player that is capable of being a lethal striker at the very top level. But with all respect to them – it is one thing banging them in for West Brom and Everton and another when it comes to handling the sort of pressures you face at Stamford Bridge and in the Champions League – does Lukaku have the maturity to handle that?
Only time will tell. In the meantime I just hope that the forward has not burnt his bridges at Chelsea. The Belgian has not responded to Mourinho’s challenge about telling the truth over why he isn’t at Stamford Bridge but instead responded with another goal at the weekend during the Toffees’ 4-0 victory over Stoke City…keep it that way.