Antonio Conte told Chelsea signing not as good as Diego Costa

Spurs legend Jermaine Jenas admits he would still rather have Diego Costa than Alvaro Morata in the Chelsea team

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata Photo: Alvaro Morata / Instagram

Jermaine Jenas has admitted that he still believes Diego Costa is a superior striker to Alvaro Morata.

The Spain international secured a move back to Atletico Madrid on a loan deal last month with view to permanent deal at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Costa scored 20 goals in both of Chelsea’s title-winning seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte during the striker’s three-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues forward netted 52 times in 89 games in the Premier League to leave a huge void in the Chelsea team.

Antonio Conte signed Morata in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window to replace his compatriot.

The 24-year-old has already scored six times in seven Premier League games, while Morata netted his first Champions League goal in a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.

Asked whether he would prefer to have Costa or Morata in the Chelsea team, former Spurs midfielder Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live:

“It’s hard to go against Costa because he has done it for Chelsea.

“Morata has made a good start to his Chelsea career and he looks like a good fit.

“It’s not saying he’s not a good fit, it’s just Costa was pretty perfect for them.”

Chelsea have won the title in two of the past three seasons under two different managers.

The Blues lost 1-0 to Manchester City in their last Premier League game before the international break.

The west London side returned to action Saturday with a 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace.

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