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Antonio Conte admits he wants Lukaku

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After being unable to land Romelu Lukaku so far, Antonio Conte has voiced his frustration with United not relenting.

While Lukaku will miss out his audition in front of Antonio Conte as Manchester United prepare to take on Internazionale in Singapore, the Italian tactician is frustrated.

The former Italy coach has been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the former Everton striker. At present, Lukaky remains in limbo along with Antonio Conte as the two clubs so far not finding common ground.

The sage is becoming worrying for Antonio Conte since he doesn’t have a pure striker to rely on following the axing of Mauro Icardi.

While speaking to reporters ahead of the game against United, Antonio Conte admits that he really likes Lukaku and wanted him at Stamford Bridge when he was managing Chelsea.

“I think frustrated is a big word,” said the Inter boss according to The Daily Mail. “Lukaku is United’s player and this is the reality. You know very well that I like this player, also in the past when I was Chelsea’s coach and tried to bring him to Chelsea. I think today Lukaku is a player with United. This is the reality.”

However, Antonio Conte says that he’s not going to speak about Lukaku out of respect for the club he is under contract at.

“I think that in this moment if you’re talking about a player from another club it’s right to not talk about Lukaku because we have great respect for United. As I said before, I like this player and consider him an important player for us to have a good improvement, but at the same there is a transfer market.

“We know very well what is our situation at the moment and we will see what happens but for now Lukaku is a United player.

“For sure it’s not easy to play without a striker but the market is open so there is still a process for players to come in and out. It’s not easy to play against teams like Juventus and Manchester United without strikers.”

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