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Mourinho says he’s in charge of Lukaku; Barca waiting in wings?

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during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013 in London, England.

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With Everton in fine form and Romelu Lukaku on top of his game, the big Belgian may need to watch his mouth; The Special One is none-too-pleased with the words of on-loan Lukaku.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s way with words continues to inspire wicked grins with this beauty after Lukaku suggested he could stay with the Toffees even after his loan:

“Maybe there is a new rule in football where, when the season finishes, every player is free to decide his future. Maybe it’s a new rule.”

It’s another Mourinho gem, hot on the heels of his “I’d start Mata if I could start 12-14 players” quip last week. Lukaku made a weekend suggestion that it’s “not a bad idea” for him to stay at Goodison Park next season, but Mourinho is affirming that they want the loan star back for 2014/15.

Meanwhile, the Belgian striker’s fine form is attracting the interest of Tata Martino at Camp Nou, with Catalan newspaper Sport (non-English link) suggesting that Barcelona may be after him ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Lukaku’s eight goals in nine appearances are even more impressive than his 17 in 35 posted at West Bromwich Albion last season, and far surpass his production for Chelsea (0 in 10) and Belgium (5 in 24). He scored twice in the memorable Merseyside Derby and again versus Stoke a week later.

What will he do for an encore this evening in the David Moyes Reunion Show at Old Trafford? Apparently nothing that will keep him away from a return to Stamford Bridge.

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