Lukaku: Mourinho is maybe the best manager in the past ten years

Everton's Romelu Lukaku says that Chelsea's Jose Mourinho is the best manager in recent times, even after leaving Stamford Bridge.

Romelu Lukaku says that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is the best manager of the last ten years. 

Lukaku left Chelsea this season to join Everton after failing to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge, but he clearly bears no ill-feeling towards his former coach.

To the contrary, in-fact, the powerful Toffees forward says that he feels very privileged to have been able to learn off Mourinho at such an early stage of his career.

"I have worked with, in my eyes, maybe the best manager of the last 10 years, Jose Mourinho," Lukaku said to the Express.

"To see the desire in his eyes to win a game helped me a lot even though people were saying this and that about us. I have a lot of respect for him as a manager and a human being."

"He was the one who supported both the permanent and loan move. He knew I loved football too much and that I needed to play."

Many people were surprised when Lukaku left Chelsea to join Everton on a permanent deal this summer, due to the potential that he has already shown.

The Belgian international looks one of the biggest prospects in European football and he was considered as the Blues' natural replacement for Didier Drogba. 

However, the arrival of Diego Costa over the summer limited his chances of regular first-team football and, after spending two seasons out on loan as the main-man, Lukaku clearly was not prepared to sit on the bench.

It meant that there were concerns that Chelsea were rather short of cover up-front, but this has not been a problem so far this season.

The form of Costa has been remarkable, whilst Loic Remy has made a good impression in his initial spell up-front as the Spanish international's deputy. 

Lukaku, meanwhile, has started the season reasonably well - scoring twice in the opening stages, but he will be hoping to start raising his game for Everton soon.

Roberto Martinez's side raised expectations after an impressive campaign last year, but they have won just once over the opening five games and they will be hoping to put that right against Liverpool in the Merseyside this weekend. 

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