On-loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has hinted he left Stamford Bridge in the summer to get more playing time, adding he has not been contacted by his parent club, Chelsea, for two months despite his fine form.
The 20-year-old Belgian has scored seven goals in eight Premier League matches for the Toffees since signing on transfer deadline day, four goals more than Samuel Eto’O, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba’s combined strikes so far this season.
After joining Chelsea from Anderletch in the 2011/12 season, the big striker made only eight league appearances in his first season with the ‘Blues’, starting just one Premier League game. He even refused to hold the UEFA Champions League trophy at the end of same season, claiming he didn’t feel like a worthy winner.
“It was not the fact that I was not wanted, I was wanted but I had to make a decision for myself,” Lukaku told BBC Football Focus.
“I had to analyse what the best was for me. Imagine if I was playing for Chelsea now, I would play maybe five games maybe score one or two goals.
“Look now I’m playing for Everton, I’ve played eight games and scores seven goals. Everybody in England is talking about me about my performances and as a player I’m improving. I’m having that certain consistency in my game.”
Despite his improved form which has prompted many to question Jose Mourinho’s resolve to part with him in the summer- especially with Eto’O out for at least two weeks-, the Belgian claimed he hasn’t heard from the West London outfit for the past two months.
“It’s a bit strange at the minute, the last time I heard from (Chelsea) was a couple of months ago,” added Lukaku.
“But I think they are watching my performance.”
His comments prompted Mourinho to reply by saying the former West Brom player needed to explain why he was on loan at Everton rather than fighting for a place at Chelsea.
“Romelu likes to speak,” Mourinho said on Friday. “He’s a young boy. But the only thing that he didn’t say is why he went to Everton on loan.
“My last contact with him was to tell him exactly that. ‘Why you never say why you are not here?
“It’s something that he should say, because he likes to speak, the reason why he is not with Chelsea and he is in Everton.”
However, Lukaku feels he may not return to Stamford Bridge should Roberto Martinez’s side, who are seventh-placed on the league log, three points behind Chelsea, clinch a Champions League ticket.
“It’s not a bad idea. If we play Champions League, yeah, why not? said Lukaku, when quizzed if he would stay.
“I was watching the games this week and I miss European football a lot.
“I would like to be successful at Chelsea but I have to work and grow and be a better player and then at the end of the season see what is the best decision for my career.”