Conte hints that Chelsea got the better deal after Lukaku snub

Date published: Tuesday 5th December 2017 10:36

Antonio Conte has no “ill feelings” towards Romelu Lukaku after the striker snubbed a chance to return to Chelsea, according to former Blues technical director Michael Emenalo.

The Belgium frontman opted for a £75million move to Manchester United over a return to Stamford Bridge in the summer, leaving Conte disappointed that he did not his top target.

The Blues instead paid out their record transfer fee to land Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid and Emenalo said that Conte was “extremely happy” with that decision.

Lukaku had a spectacular start to life at Old Trafford but has struggled recently with only one goal in his last 12 games, while Morata has been more consistent – netting nine times in 14 games.

In a revealing interview with Talksport, Emenalo insisted that Conte is no longer disappointed at failing to sign Lukaku.

He said: “As everybody knows in every walk of life, you develop an idea and you have a policy in mind and you have an intent, and if it doesn’t go the way you want, there is some level of disappointment.

“But I can tell you today Conte is extremely happy with Alvaro Morata, and I think that is down to Morata and is also down to the fantastic work they do at Cobham.”

There has also been plenty of speculation surrounding Conte’s future at the club after Chelsea failed to sign a number of transfer targets, but Emanalo has reassured Blues fans that the Italian is now focusing on the title race.

He added: “There are no ill feelings now, I think he’s moved on from that and he’s just focused on trying to get through what is a tough schedule and try to find some rhythm with the team again.”

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