Romelu Lukaku thanks Mourinho for letting him leave Chelsea

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Romelu Lukaku is currently in the form of his life, with goals in seven consecutive games for Everton while sitting second in the Premier League in scoring.

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The 22-year-old Belgian international is developing into one of the elite strikers in Europe, validating the club-record transfer fee Everton paid for him two summers ago.

Lukaku burst onto the scene as a teenage phenom for Anderlecht, leading the Belgian Pro League in scoring as a 17-year-old. His form earned him a five-year contract with Chelsea, at the time managed by Andre Villas-Boas.

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Despite having successful loan spells at West Brom (17 goals) and Everton (15 goals), Lukaku struggled to break into the Chelsea first team. Over two seasons with the Blues, he would make just 15 appearances, failing to score a goal. Jose Mourinho sold Lukaku to Everton permanently in 2014.

With the recent news of Mourinho being fired at Chelsea, Lukaku thanked his former manager for allowing him to leave when he was not in the plans at Stamford Bridge.

I wanted to play and get minutes under my belt. I never got the chance to say it but I would say thank you to Jose Mourinho.

I had one conversation with him a few days before I left and I told him I wanted to go and I think he saw in my eyes that I really needed to play because it was the year of the World Cup.

He was the one who gave me the green light to go.

As Chelsea struggles this season as Lukaku is flourishes, many have questioned Mourinho’s willingness to let the striker leave. While supporters would surely love to have the big Belgian at Stamford Bridge today, the move to Everton was clearly the right choice for the player.