Lukaku will sit out tomorrow’s clash against his parent club at Goodison Park, but Mourinho insisted they have no desire to sell the 20-year-old striker despite allowing him to go on loan to Everton for this season.
The Chelsea boss said: 'The kid wants to play every weekend, I don’t know if Roberto promised him that, the kid is more keen on that than competing every week against other big players for a position.
'He’s a great kid that’s why we don’t want to sell him. We all believe he is a player for many years at Chelsea'.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s tea time kick off away to Everton, the Chelsea manager thinks this weekend’s opponents will give his side a very tough game and strengthened well in the transfer market.
'I think Everton is a good a team and Goodison Park is a difficult place to play. Their record at home is always better than away. I watched Everton against Chelsea (which Chelsea won 2-1) in December and the three points went in the wrong direction.
'I think they have a good squad, I think they did very well in the last days of the market. They got two very good players for midfield, different profiles, different natures. (Gareth) Barry is a very good experienced player'.
Mourinho confirmed that Samuel Eto’o will be selected for the visit to Goodison Park, but wasn’t drawn on whether he will be given a starting place.
'He will be selected, and if you are selected and you are a striker you normally play. My attacking players when I select them they normally play. It’s the area where I normally change most in the match.
'Technically he is very good, his movement is very intelligent. He has this natural appetite for goals.
'He is a player to add experience to a young area of the pitch'.
The Chelsea manager insisted that Juan Mata does have a future at the club, despite not playing as regularly as he has during the past two seasons at the club.
'He is a player I like very much that’s why he is here. He is a player that I trust a lot, he is a player that will fight for positions like everybody else. He is a player that sometimes starts the match, sometimes he is on the bench', Mourinho said.
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