Chelsea striker Timo Werner says that midfielder N’Golo Kante is the player who has impressed him most since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Werner is only a matter of months into his deal with the Blues, which he signed in June.
He told Sky Germany, he has been helped to acclimatise by his colleagues in west London.
But he has said that France international Kante has played perhaps a more vital role than others.
“We have so many good players! But one is special, even if many know how good he is: N’Golo Kanté stands out in real life,” Werner said.
“What he runs away from the ball and what kind of competitor he is in training – unbelievable.
“If you think he can’t get the ball, then he’ll steal it from behind you. This is impressive.”
Werner also said that while Kante’s ability as perhaps the best player in the world in his position stands out, the 2018 World Cup winner has other, off-field traits that set him apart.
One such attribute, the striker said, is his humility and “peace of mind”.
Werner picks out Kante qualities
“Although I knew beforehand that N’Golo was probably the best six in the world, he always surprised me positively in training,” the forward said.
“Having him on your own team is a blessing. Even offensively, he just marches so much. And what’s more, he’s just the dearest person on earth.
“As an example: he is knocked down from behind and laughs at himself first. It’s really impressive how someone can have such peace of mind as N’Golo. It is something special to be able to play with him.”
Kante proved a fantastic signing for Chelsea in 2016 and helped lead the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season.
What’s more, after a slight drop-off in recent seasons due to niggling injuries, he has returned to his best form this term.