Ghana star Michael Essien has revealed his admiration for Chelsea midfielder N’golo Kante.
The French international has been the pivot in midfield for Chelsea since moving from Leicester City.
Kante was signed by the English giants after helping the foxes make history by winning the Premiership for the first time two seasons ago.
The workaholic player has already been cast in the mold of Essien who was a pillar in midfield for Chelsea during his time with the Club.
Speaking in an interview with Goal.com at an event at William Hill Plus, the former Black Stars ace patted Kante insisting he would have loved to face the French star on the pitch.
“I would have loved to have faced Kante or play with him,” Essien said. “He is such a great player. I am happy he is at Chelsea and he is enjoying his game. It would be a very physical battle if I met him on the pitch. He has great energy, he never stops running, but he doesn’t run for the sake of running.
“He always does it for something. He’s good on the ball and his anticipation is second to none. He will chase you until he gets the ball off you and his tackles are always clean. I’ve met him and we just talk in general. He is a very quiet guy.
“I think that he is a good player and what he does on the pitch is pretty unique, not many midfielders are doing it. He has something special about him … everyone in the world has seen him and I would put him up there [among the best].”
Essien spent nine years at Chelsea where he won several laurels with the Club including three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
The 35-year-old is currently on the books of Indonesian Club Persib after spells with AC Milan and Panathiniakos.
By Frank Darkwah