Real Madrid’s Casemiro has tried to avoid direct comparisons between himself and Chelsea genius N’Golo Kante.
Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Casemiro was asked whether he belonged amongst the best holding midfielders in the world. The answer to this question has been a long-running debate amongst fans from across the board.
There are still several class contenders for the title of the game’s finest deeper midfielder and Madrid’s very own enforcer Casemiro ranks very close to the top.
As does Kante, who has built up a reputation over the years for sweeping up the danger in front of the back-line.
However, in the words of the Brazilian from the Santiago Bernabeu, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté no longer belongs purely in the category of a defensive midfielder.
Casemiro responded: “I’d rather you answer that one (laughs). But I like to remind you that Kante – despite being an extraordinary player – has been playing for Chelsea in a different position, with more freedom to attack, and the first defensive midfielder is Jorginho.
“It is also worth remembering that there are other players of the highest level in this role, such as Busquets and Fabinho. But just because I’m mentioned as one of the best, I’m happy and I keep working to evolve more and more.”