If there is one criticism levelled against Jose Mourinho’s managerial style, it is the fact that he is a short term coach and has failed to develop young players everywhere he has gone. On his return to Chelsea in the summer of 2013, things were expected to be different as he said he was in for the long term.
His actions did not match his words as he sold promising Belgian duo, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne in the first six months of his arrival, Lukaku leaving that same summer to fellow premier league club, Everton while De Bruyne left for German Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg. The two have excelled since then and De Bruyne’s form earned him a move to Manchester City in a deal worth over £50 million. The two players were thought to not have left Stamford Bridge on good terms but one of them has now come out to clear the air.
In an interview with the Daily Express, Lukaku said, ‘Choices have been made by me. By me. Not by them, everyone says it is Mourinho’s fault, but it is not his fault because I made the decision. I went to his office to ask if I could go. He was the first one to say, ‘Good luck.’ When I signed the deal at Everton at 11 o’clock, I got a text message on my old BlackBerry saying ‘Good luck, do your best and I will see you next season. He was the first, nobody knows that and that is why for me he gets immense respect. It is really sad he has to go’.
Now that Lukaku has cleared the air, the rumours of bad blood between him and Mourinho can be put to rest. And maybe, just maybe we will see Lukaku at Manchester United when Mourinho inevitably becomes the red devils’ next manager.