Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien believes that Everton striker Romelu Lukaku still has a good relationship with Jose Mourinho, despite the manager failing to give him a real shot in the Blues squad during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian ace now looks set for a return to London, having spent the last three seasons at Goodison Park, the first being a result of a loan deal.
Mourinho is now managing at Manchester United, and is also thought to be keen on signing the striker whom he let go of three years ago. However, Lukaku is said to have told people close to him that it is his dream to return to Chelsea.
Essien, meanwhile, has said that the pair had a good relationship during their time together, and a reunion is certainly possible, as long as they both want it. But he did stop short of claiming that it was as good as the one he shared with his Portuguese mentor, whom he often referred to as his ‘daddy’.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, the former Blues star said: “If Jose wants him and he wants to play for Jose then yes they can work together.
“They both have to want to work with each other for that to happen and if the desire is there then yes they can work together.
“In general it [their relationship] was good and normal.
“We all had different relationships with Jose and mine, as everyone knows, is like a father and son.
“I won’t say Romelu’s relationship with Jose was the same as mine but, in general, it was normal and they respected each other.”
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