Kante comparison irritates me — Ndidi
Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder, Wilfred Ndid, has admitted he was never concerned about comparison with France midfielder N’Golo Kante even tnough it used to irritate him.
Ndidi was signed as Kante’s replacement by Leicester City in January 2017 after the latter moved to Chelsea.
The Nigeria international joined the former Premier League champions from Belgian outfit Genk for £15m.
“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 giving 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.”
Ndidi has enjoyed rave reviews linking up with the Foxes, but he is not willing to blow his own trumpet.
“I just love to give my best and when the media talk about it, that’s good for the team,” he said.
“I am not someone chasing personal glory or get distracted because of the praises or criticism, you’ll get both in football anyway.
“My job is helping the team. Doing everything I can to get three points and victory for the club, which is very important.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to play in the Premier League and chance to enjoy my game at a club like Leicester, where no player is more important than the team.
“I make a contribution like everyone else in the squad and if that helps us to achieve our collective effort, then I am happy to play my part”.