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Lukaku responds to Mourinho criticisms

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Monday 04 August 2014

New Everton record signing Romelu Lukaku has hit back at claims from former manager Jose Mourinho that he lacked commitment at Chelsea and wasn’t prepared to fight for a first team spot, the Daily Mail has reported.

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian forward made a £28m switch from Stamford Bridge to the Toffees, after spending last season on loan at the club, in search of first team football – he started just one Premier League game for Chelsea during a three year spell where he was loaned out twice.

Mourinho had moved to question the commitment of Lukaku to his club during his time at the Blues but the centre forward has hit back at the claims from the Portuguese boss.

Lukaku said: “I want to develop and become one of the best and the manager wants to make our team one of the best teams in England.

“So to me it was a great challenge to play under him. I need to play at a high level and play in a good team. I'm not saying Chelsea are not a good team but I needed to be in a place where it felt right.

“I have a very good relationship with the players and the staff. Everybody who is involved at this football club. So for me this is the place where I belong.

“Expectations for myself are very high and here it is a good environment to develop as a young player.”

Despite failing to start more than one game at Chelsea, during two loan spells at first West Brom and then Everton the striker scored 33 goals in 71 games.

His future before the move was cast into further doubt following the signings of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba by Mourinho.

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