West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has described Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as a complete player and has urged West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to study the style and technique of N’Golo Kante.
Rice played for Chelsea youth teams for seven years before he was released by the club in 2013.
Rice returns to Stamford Bridge as a full England international and Pellegrini hopes he will continue his development by learning from ‘complete player’ Kante.
“All the good players in Declan’s position must see Kante and see the ways in which they can improve,” Pellegrini said.
“I think he’s a top player. When he was at Leicester he demonstrated the way he can play and since then he has grown because he came to a more difficult team.
“Now he’s a complete player. He recovers the ball, doesn’t lose the easy pass. He can arrive into the box and can score goals.”
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich assistant manager Robert Kovac has insisted that every club needs a player like N’Golo Kante to succeed, insisting that his side will look for such a player in the summer transfer window.
He told RMC Sport: “Today, to succeed – and I will take France as an example – you need a player like N’Golo Kanté.
“He does the housework wherever he goes. Real Madrid also has this kind of player. Bayern Munich had these kind of players.
“Today, we do not have a player like him. Those who are here must do this work.
“This means that defending is the task of every player.”
Despite being hailed as the best defensive midfielder in the world, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has played the French midfielder further up the pitch this season.
Kante admitted in February that he can play the Jorginho role but insists he is enjoying participating more in offensive play.
“It is something possible [to play Jorginho’s role], but the manager decides,” Kante said at Stamford Bridge in February. “It’s fine, it’s fine. I like this (more advanced) position. Prefer it? It depends on the game, but I enjoy it. I’m with the manager, and I’m enjoying the way I’m playing now.
“It is a position I used to play when I was in France. I’m enjoying participating more in the offensive positions to change the game. I am enjoying it.”