Andres Iniesta is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation.
The 34-year-old Spaniard spent 17 years at Barcelona, winning 33 trophies at club level before leaving this summer.
Iniesta had an emotional farewell at the Camp Nou before completing a lucrative move to Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
He spent much of his career playing alongside Xavi in the heart of Barcelona’s midfield.
Iniesta now finds himself playing alongside Hirotaka Mita in a side that has failed to win any of their last eight outings in all competitions.
It’s a far cry from the remarkable success he achieved in Barcelona.
Discussing European football, Iniesta has identified a modest Chelsea midfielder as a player he would’ve loved to play alongside.
N’Golo Kante starred for France at the World Cup and has been a revelation in the Premier League with both Leicester City and Chelsea.
Iniesta spoke very highly of the energetic 27-year-old.
“He [Kante] is a player I’d like to have had in my team for many years,” Iniesta told RMC Sport.
“He’s not going to come to Japan, but he’s definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game.
“His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team.”
That is high praise indeed.
Kante hasn’t missed a minute of Premier League football this season despite remarkable competition for midfield places at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri was immediately impressed by the former Leicester City star.
“Kante is a great midfielder,” said Sarri back in August.
“He can play any position in my midfield. It’s not a problem for him. I was surprised about the technical qualities from Kante.”
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