Pair were rumoured to have had row in January
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said that his relationship with striker Diego Costa is ‘perfect’ despite media speculation that there had been a fallout between the pair.
Costa was dropped for Chelsea’s game away at Leicester last month following stories that China had made an offer for the striker.
However, Costa stayed at the club and is now back in the team, and keeping up his immense form that has fired Chelsea towards the title.
And Conte has explained to Sky Sports how he dealt with the situation, as well as praising Costa’s teammates, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.
“Diego? I was clear with him, I spoke to him forcefully and he understood me. Now everything is perfect,” he said.
“Kante is unbelievable. His dependability, we know, but he has quality, too. 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.
“And Hazard? He’s immensely talented. He has ability in all measures of the game.”
Conte also insists he is not identifying a single rival to the title for “superstitious” reasons, after the Blues maintained their nine-point gap over second-placed Tottenham over the weekend.
“There isn’t one team chasing us who to me is most worrying. I won’t name one, to be superstitious,” he said.
“There are still 14 matches. Are we talking about the trophy now? No. Anything can still happen. Today City was able to win at the finish against Swansea: I would rather they had tied. I am keeping tabs on everything, absolutely.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10