Conte and Hakimi worked together at Inter last season as they won the Serie A title.
"Psychologically, Hakimi suffered a bit from last year's games with Real Madrid," Conte recalled. "His dream is to play for that club again as a key man.
"I remember those two games very well. From there, he worked a lot and I saw a young player who wanted to learn how to work. He understood that what he was doing in the offensive phase was not enough, now he is among the strongest in the world. If he keeps working on the last delivery, he can be world class."
Conte also praised Hakimi's replacement at Inter, Denzel Dumfries, formally of PSV Eindhoven.
“They have signed a great player to replace Hakimi. If he can make his way into the team, he can be a great replacement for him," added Conte.
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