Andrés Iniesta Names The One Midfielder He Would Have Loved To Line Up Beside

Andrés Iniesta and Xavi combined together at Barcelona to make one of the best central midfield pairings of all time.

While both Spaniards have since parted ways with the club -- yet still pulling some magical moments out of the bag -- there's no denying that their praise would mean a lot to any player.

Well, that is exactly what Iniesta has done now.

The 34-year-old World Cup-winning midfielder, who now plays for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe, has named N'Golo Kanté as the one footballer he would love to play alongside.

"He's a player I'd like to have had in my team for many years," he told RMC Sport (via Goal).

"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.

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Credit: PA

"His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team."

It's really not unheard of for the 27-year-old Chelsea midfielder to be praised. After all, he played a crucial part in France's World Cup-winning exploits in the summer.

When SPORTbible spoke to Eden Hazard last month, he didn't shy away from how important the former Leicester City star is to the Blues.

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Credit: PA

"N'Golo is a fantastic guy," he said. "On the pitch, he's always trying to do his best for the team.

"France won the World Cup because of N'Golo, two years ago we won the league because of N'Golo and Leicester won the league because of N'Golo.

"He's a fantastic player, he controls the midfield and off the pitch he's a fantastic guy also."

Is Kanté the best midfielder in the Premier League?

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Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

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