Jose Mourinho has provided a new twist to the current head-to-head between he and Romelu Lukaku, firing back at the on-loan striker following recent comments made regarding his Everton future.
The Mail Online tweeted comments from the Blues boss after Lukaku recently stated he would consider joining the Toffees on a full-time basis at the end of the 2013/14 campaign:
Mourinho on Lukaku: 'Maybe there is a new rule in football that when the season finishes every player is able to decide their own future?'— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) December 3, 2013
Putting himself back in the seat of power, Mourinho is clearly not one to allow Lukaku to take the upper hand in any transfer dealings, insinuating he'll have the final say on where the youngster plays his football next season.
The Daily Mail Online's Joe Ridge expands on the tweet, highlighting that Mourinho claims his player requested a transfer away from the club over the summer, prior to his latest loan being set up.
The quote falls on the back of the 20-year-old Lukaku stating in an interview with BBC Sport that, should Everton reach the Champions League, he'd consider sticking around at Goodison Park.
The Belgian international said:
It's not a bad idea. If we play Champions League, yeah, why not? 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.
It's also detailed that, at the time of the interview, Lukaku hadn't spoken with anyone from his parent club for two months, despite the fact he's in fine scoring form with the Merseyside outfit.
In fact, Lukaku has netted eight goals in his first 11 Premier League matches under Roberto Martinez, three more than any other Chelsea player has managed this season and double the amount that Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have scored combined.
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Closer to home, Mourinho also gave updates on the fitness of some of those Chelsea players currently coping with injury at Stamford Bridge, via Chelsea's official Twitter account:
Jose: "David Luiz is not back in training yet, he's still with the medical department, I hope to have him back soon so I can rotate." #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) December 3, 2013
Mourinho also says Samuel Eto'o is back in training and could feature at Sunderland but Oscar is unavailable tomorrow. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) December 3, 2013
Jose: "Cole will start one of these next two games, or against Steaua. Professionally he's a team player so he deserves to play." #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) December 3, 2013
Winter is always a crucial period of the English season, but the Portuguese boss will go without the talents of David Luiz and Oscar for the midweek trip to Sunderland on Wednesday, while Samuel Eto'o and Ashley Cole's situations are uncertain.
Oscar stands out as the sorest loss between the Brazilian pair, having played in 12 league matches thus far in the campaign, while Luiz's absence hasn't been as noticeable with the fine form of centre-back partnership John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Chelsea currently sit second in the table and are just four points off leaders Arsenal heading into the festive period, with plenty to talk about in regards to Mourinho's squad both inside and out of West London.