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I wouldn’t swap Costa for Lukaku – Conte

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has insisted he wouldn’t swap Diego Costa for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku left Stamford Bridge after loan spells with West Brom and Everton, but currently leads the scoring charts this season with 24 goals, five more than Costa.

There have been speculation linking the Belgium striker with a return to Chelsea, especially with Costa reportedly considering a mega offer from China.

“I think Lukaku, for sure, is a really good player,” Conte told a pre-match news conference on Friday.

“He’s scoring a lot of goals this season, but not only this season.

“We must pay great attention [to him]. But it’s always the same. We study the opponents and we try to find the best solution to stop them – for single players and about the team.

“We must pay great attention to Lukaku and the other players. They have a lot of good players, good technique, good finishing.”

Asked whether he would like Lukaku at his disposal, Conte responded: “In my team? As I said before, for me my players are the best in the world. I don’t change my players with other players.”

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