Leicester City star reveals how Kante comparison irritated him

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Chelsea signed N’Golo Kante from Leicester City back in 2016, and the France international has gone on to become a key player for the Blues.

Kante was a hero for the Foxes, and helped them win their first ever Premier League title. He’d then achieve the same feat the following season at Chelsea.

Leicester City signed Nigerian International Wilfred Ndidi as a replacement for Kante, and the 24-year-old has been a key player for the Foxes as well, and has been linked with a move to many top clubs in the Premier League.

Ndidi has now revealed how comparisons with Kante has irritated him since signing up for Leicester City.

“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.

“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.”

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