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Mourinho - Lukaku sale, Eto'o selection, Mata's future

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Romelu Lukaku went on loan to Everton because he wanted to play regular first team football.

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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