Conte forgives Costa, praises Hazard and Kante

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted that all is forgiven between him and Diego Costa, while also dishing out praise to N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

Costa clashed with his manager ahead of Chelsea’s win over Leicester City, and was subsequently dropped against the Foxes, but since then he has returned to both the team and his usual goal-scoring form.

"I was clear with him, I spoke to him forcefully and he understood me," Conte told Sky in Italy of the 15-goals-so-far forward. "Now everything is perfect."

Conte also praised Belgian winger Eden Hazard, who is back to his scintillating best and scored a fine solo goal against Arsenal on Saturday, calling him "immensely talented" before focusing on midfielder Kante.

"[Kante] has dependability, we know, but he has quality too," Conte continued. "He even should get better in some parts. He tends to be a horizontally moving player, but needs to learn vertically.

"He's a great kid, always helping out the other players. It was a terrific purchase. His goal against Manchester United was wonderful."

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