Mourinho: Chelsea could sell Lukaku, Courtois, Piazon

Romelu Lukaku

The Stamford Bridge chief has stated that the Blues could let loaned stars leave to keep up with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been speaking about the implications of the new Financial Fair Play rules brought into play by Uefa – and admits the Blues will have to balance the books as a result.

The west London club allowing Juan Mata to leave Stamford Bridge to join rivals Manchester United in January came as something of a surprise, but the financial gain for the Blues has been touted as a reason.

With a host of talented young players out on loan this season, Chelsea have decisions to make over where certain stars will ply their trade next year.

The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois, Thorgan Hazard and Lucas Piazon have all been starring on loan this term, and Mourinho has confessed that not all of these players have a future with the club.

“Chelsea made great investment in the past and in some moments were also a bit criticised because we did so much. But things change,” the Portuguese coach told reporters at a press conference.

“Chelsea adapted well to the situation. When you see De Bruyne, who played three or four matches, give us a big profit, there are other players who maybe don’t play a single match for Chelsea and we will look to sell them at a profit.

“We have had to organise ourselves in a different way. Before me, Chelsea did fantastic work in this level: Lukaku, De Bruyne, Courtois, young [Thorgan] Hazard and [Lucas] Piazon.

“Not all of them will have a career at Chelsea but all of them are important in this new financial organisation. So Chelsea worked very well and probably started doing that before other clubs.

“Because of that, even if FFP comes into practice, I think Chelsea are very advanced.”

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