Antonio Conte: This Chelsea player is an example to his team-mates

Antonio Conte heaps praise on Diego Costa for his impressive displays for Chelsea this season

Antonio Conte has praised Diego Costa for being an example to his Chelsea team-mates.

The Spanish striker has been in fine form for the Blues so far this season and has already scored nine goals in the Premier League for the west London side.

Costa has also made three assists for his team-mates this term to help Chelsea climb up the Premier League table.

The forward has developed a reputation as one of the Premier League’s top forwards since his arrival at the club from Atletico Madrid.

And Conte has been full of praise for the forward for his commitment to the Chelsea cause so far this term.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea’s website, Conte said: “Diego Costa is a very good player and the same for Eden Hazard, and it is important for me and Diego’s team-mates to see him every game working a lot with and without the ball.

“He is an example for all. If he continues to score I am very happy but I am happier to see this commitment and this work rate in training and in the games.

“If all the players are able to think this way then we are a very good team, a very tough team.”

Chelsea are currently preparing for their Premier League trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon.

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The Blues were 5-0 winners over Everton before the international break to leave them a point off top spot after 11 games.

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