Romelu Lukaku wouldn’t start ahead of Diego Costa, says former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins

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Romelu Lukaku would have to play second fiddle to Diego Costa if he returns to Chelsea, says former Blues assistant manager Ray Wilkins.

The Everton striker is being linked with a return to his former club after it emerged that he has turned down a lucrative new contract at Goodison Park. He has just over two years to run on his current deal.

In addition to Chelsea he’s also being linked with Manchester United.

Stamford Bridge might not be the best choice for Lukaku though, according to Wilkins.

‘He wouldn’t play in front of Costa would he,’ he told Sky Sports.

Wilkins, who played for and coached at Chelsea, can see the club being interested in the Belgian striker, however he warned that they will have to pay big if they want him back.

‘If you look at Antonio Conte when he was at Juventus he had Fernando Llorente. He likes a big one [striker] and a couple of small ones.

‘I wouldn’t put it past Chelsea to go back in for him. They’ll have to pay at least double what they sold him for [£28million] – probably £60m.’

Source: Metro

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