Leicester City and Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, honestly disliked being compared to N’Golo Kante, but understood fans’ views.

The Foxes’ midfield cog joined the 2016/17 English Premier League champion as a replacement for Kante, after the Frenchman moved to London to become a Chelsea footballer.

With a similar physical make-up, heritage, high workrate and humility, Leicester fans could not help but view Ndidi as the new Kante.

“Yes it [comparison] used to irritate me but it’s football and I completely understand the fans because they love to find something to talk about,” Ndidi told BBC Sport Africa, as quoted by Goal.

“Even before and then when I arrived at Leicester I heard it. I only wanted to be Wilfred Ndidi and not someone else.

“I focus on myself, I am always critical of myself, I do my best to improve as a footballer game by game and give my best for my club.

“The comparison with others, about who is better or if Kante and I play alike, is irrelevant to me. I think all that comparison was for those who love to talk and I didn’t focus on it.

“You’re comfortable when you are yourself and not listening or trying to be something you are not,” he concluded.

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