By Adeyemi Moses

Jose Mourinho says Romelu Lukaku as proof Chelsea “don’t sell garbage” and believes the striker has already justified the €38 million Everton paid the Blues for his services in the summer.

Lukaku joined the Toffees on a permanent deal after becoming disillusioned by a lack of first-team opportunities with the Blues despite an impressive loan spell at Goodison Park last season.

The Belgian has since struggled, scoring just 10 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions, but Mourinho insists no one at Chelsea is in any doubt as to his talent.

“No, he doesn’t have a point to prove,” he told reporters when askedBabout Lukaku. “I think he proves every weekend that he’s a good player.

“Nobody has doubts at Chelsea that he’s a good player. He has nothing to prove to us. He is a difficult opponent. You have to know
that. We know that better than anyone.

“We know [Andre] Schurrle is a good player. [Kevin] De Bruyne is a good player. [Juan] Mata is a good player. But that’s football, that’s
life, that’s the market.

Mata: world champion. Schurrle: world champion. Lukaku: one of the best young strikers, fantastic prospect. De Bruyne: one of the bestVyoung players, also. Both playing for a very important national team, probably one of the best national teams for the next decade.

We sell top players and we get top fees. If we didn’t get top fees, we
wouldn’t sell them because we want to keep them.