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Conte keen for Morata to inherit departing Costa's aggression

Antonio Conte was reluctant to discuss the departing Diego Costa yesterday, but suggested Alvaro Morata would benefit from being more like his predecessor as Chelsea's leading striker.

Chelsea head coach Conte thanked Costa for his contribution - 59 goals in 120 appearances, two Premier League titles and a League Cup win - during his three seasons at Stamford Bridge.

But that was as far as he was willing to go after it was agreed on Thursday that the 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain striker would rejoin Atletico for a reported fee in the region of £58m.

Asked about his replacement Morata, who has scored three goals since joining from Real Madrid in the summer, Conte was more talkative.

Conte reckons "very polite" Morata can be more aggressive on the field, an aspect of the game Costa relished.

"I like him (Morata) because he's a complete player and also he has a lot of room to improve in every situation," Conte said.

"When I speak about a lot of room for improvement it also means this aspect, to be more (aggressive).

"He's a good finisher, he feels the goal in every moment."

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