Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he asked Jose Mourinho to allow him to leave Chelsea on loan this summer.

The Belgian striker joined Everton on a season-long deal on transfer deadline day and has scored three goals in three games including a brace in Monday night's 3-2 win against Newcastle.

In that time Fernando Torres has been the only Chelsea frontman to find the back of the net prompting many to question the wisdom of Mourinho's decision to let the 20-year-old move to Goodison Park.

But Lukaku has launched a defence of his manager and insists it was his decision to spend the season away from the Blues.

'I did not know if I would be playing for Chelsea so I asked the manager to let me leave. We spoke and I told him' he told the Daily Telegraph.

'It's unfair to criticise Mourinho for letting me go because it was my decision.

'He knows what he is doing. He has won so many titles and I have too much respect for him to wish anything but the best but there comes a point where you must think about yourself to show everyone that you can shine and be one of the best strikers in the league.

'I could have stayed and fought but it was not about the competition. When you are a 20-year-old you need minutes. I lost my place in the national team because I did not play for a year with Chelsea.