Romelu Lukaku is out to prove Jose Mourinho wrong

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Romelu Lukaku has told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that he is determined to show Jose Mourinho that his decision to send him out on loan was a mistake.

When asked why the Chelsea manager decided to loan him out, Lukaku replied: “I can not do much. The coach decides and as a player you have to respect that. I then chose to leave and it’s up to me to prove wrong the trainer.”

This by no means sour grapes by Lukaku as it was clearly his decision to leave Stamford Bridge, likely after being informed of the stiff competition he’d be facing with Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba all on the books. Whether or not Lukaku was told where he lay in that pecking order, however, remains unclear.

Nevertheless, Mourinho obviously provided him with enough information to decide that a loan deal was the optimal choice.

So far, Lukaku has being doing an excellent job of proving Mourinho wrong. Three league matches into his Everton loan and the Belgian has already scored four times, which is four more times than Eto’o, Torres and Ba.

In the meantime, Lukaku maintains a positive attitude on his two year wait at Chelsea. “It’s been two years already and then you go you ask. But, c’est la vie . The only thing I can do is play well and score a lot. And then I think people will say that I’m a good player.”

As for Mourinho, though, Lukaku holds no ill sentiment. “I hope the best for Chelsea. Mourinho is a good coach. I think he makes his choices in good faith. I do that too. The performance that I deliver at Everton, are the proof.”

So is there a Chelsea striker that can come close to the goal haul that Lukaku will see assuming he stays healthy?

Last year the Belgian scored 17 goals in 35 league matches with West Brom while Eto’o put away 7 in 12 league matches at Anzhi, Torres scored 8 in 36 games and Ba netted twice in 14.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.

Celtic secures trophy treble, ends Scottish season unbeaten

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.

Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.

No China for Costa: It’ll be Chelsea or Atletico Madrid

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Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.

Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.

Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following:

More Messi wizardry leads Barca to Copa del Rey title (video)

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Sometimes, a match recap needs just a couple keywords instead of paragraphs.

For example: Messi, Barcelona, Cup Final, the best.

The greatest player on Earth was at it again on Saturday, scoring a deft goal before assisting a Paco Alcacer offering as Barcelona won another Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday.

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It’s a third-straight Copa del Rey for the Blaugranas, their 29th crown in the tournament’s history. Barca has also lost 10 Copa finals, the last in 2014 against Real Madrid.

Here’s the goal:

And the pass: