Chelsea boss Mourinho explains Lukaku and Moses loan moves

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has explained his decision to allow forward pair Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses to leave the club on loan, saying that it was ‘in their best interests’, Sky Sports has reported.

Moses joined Chelsea last summer from Wigan Athletic, and made 43 appearances last season, 16 of which were from the bench, and scored ten goals. With the arrivals on Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Willian providing extra competition for a first-team place, he has now secured a move to Liverpool on a season-long loan.

Lukaku’s move comes as more of a surprise after Mourinho indicated soon after his return in June that the Belgian would be part of his plans after a successful season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, where he scored 17 Premier League goals.

However, after missing the decisive penalty in the shoot-out defeat to Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup, Lukaku has been allowed to join Everton on another season’s loan, after Mourinho was unable to guarantee him regular football.

Defending his decision, Mourinho said: “There are always little things to do on the last day, people to leave. We have to think about the club, but we also have to think about what is best for the players individually. We decided Moses and Lukaku – two players we were more than happy to keep – that it’s better for the club and the future of the players if they go on loan.

“With Lukaku, we have Fernando (Torres), (Samuel) Eto’o and Demba (Ba). Of course he would get playing time, but it’s the choice of playing basically every weekend.’

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