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Chelsea boss Mourinho wanted to KEEP Lukaku this season (and send Ba away)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wanted to keep Romelu Lukaku this season, it has been revealed.

Lukaku has been a revelation on-loan with Everton and Mourinho snapped yesterday over the Belgian's claims he had not been in touch.

The Daily Mail says the decision to let him leave was a direct consequence of the verbal transfer request. Until that point, Chelsea had been preparing to send Demba Ba on loan.

Arsenal were interested in Ba but refusing to pay a £2million loan fee and, when Lukaku said he wanted out, the club changed its plan and invited loan offers for the young Belgian signed from Anderlecht in 2011.

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