Ndidi: I’m not like Kante

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has distanced himself from comparisons to Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante after an explosive start to life in England.

The lanky Nigeria international signed for the Foxes in January for a reported fee of £17 million from Belgian Pro side Genk and has proven to be an astute acquisition for the holding role alongside Danny Drinkwater.

After winning the Premier League last season Kante left the Foxes for Chelsea, where he looks set to claim the title for the second consecutive season – while his former side's plight has been evident.

However, the arrival of Ndidi has coincided with the return to form from the Champions.

"I can only see myself as myself," the 20-year-old told African Football. "Whether people say I play like Kanté, or that he's better than me, I don't listen to them. 

"All I want to do is play and keep improving, and it is working well at the moment – we are doing the basic things well and we try to kick on from there.

"I prefer to enjoy the winning mentality of the team rather than how I play or what I try to achieve."