Chelsea boss has his say over £75million Lukaku rumours

Romelu Lukaku: Conte refuses to discuss possible interest

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has given his thoughts on speculation that he is keen to bring on Romelu Lukaku back to the club from Everton.

Conte, who admitted his uncertainty if Diego Costa would remain at Chelsea this season, was asked about the Blues’ striker hunt and whether a deal for Lukaku was in the offing.

It was claimed last week that the Belgium striker had made a return to Stamford Bridge his No 1 priority this summer, but Conte, when asked directly about the player, refused to comment on suggestions a deal was imminent.

“I do not want to speak about the players of other teams,” said Conte.

“This is not respectful to the club or to their players. I prefer not to speak.

“The transfer market is not the most important thing. The important thing is to build a team – a team that plays in good and bad situations and concentrates and works together.”

Lukaku was sold by Chelsea in 2014 for £28million and it was claimed that the Toffees would only consider selling their star man if a side matched their £75million valuation.