Blues boss keen to give youngsters more playing time.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has explained his decision to allow Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses to leave the club on loan, Sky Sports reports.
The decision for Lukaku in particular to leave Stamford Bridge this season has been met with surprise by fans and pundits alike, after the 20-year-old enjoyed a highly impressive campaign on loan with West Brom last year.
It was then thought that the Belgian would force his way into the starting lineup at Chelsea, with the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba under-performing at the club.
However, Mourinho felt he still could not guarantee Lukaku the regular action he desires, particularly after entering the transfer market to sign Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala.
With the former Barcelona star arriving on a one-year contract, there may be an opening for Lukaku next season, but the Blues boss believes it is for the best that he plays his football away from the club for this season, as he looks this time to make an impression at Everton.
“There are always little things to do on the last day, people to leave. We have to think about the club, but we also have to think about what is best for the players individually,” Mourinho explained.
“We decided Moses and Lukaku – two players we were more than happy to keep – that it’s better for the club and the future of the players if they go on loan.
“With Lukaku, we have Fernando (Torres), (Samuel) Eto’o and Demba (Ba). Of course he would get playing time, but it’s the choice of playing basically every weekend.
“He had lots of clubs and options, and we have to respect his decision.”
Moses also made a deadline day switch to Liverpool, after failing to establish himself at the club since joining from Wigan last season. The Nigerian international seemed increasingly likely to find himself on the bench again this year, with new arrivals such as Andre Schurrle and Willian being brought in this summer.