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Gundogan declares Chelsea midfielder his toughest opponent

Gundogan declares Chelsea midfielder his toughest opponent
Ilkay Gundogan says N’Golo Kante is the toughest midfielder he has faced in his career to date.

The City midfielder took part in a Q&A session on his Twitter account this week, with one of the questions put to the German international relating to this weekend’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.

Kante won back-to-back domestic titles in his first two seasons in English football for Leicester and Chelsea, and recently came fifth in the 2021 Ballon D’Or vote.

And Gundogan and co. will do battle with the French international once again in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, with City’s number eight describing him as his toughest midfield adversary.

“I would say N'Golo Kante (is the hardest midfield opponent I have ever faced),” Gundogan revealed on Twitter.

“He’s really strong, the amount of work that he puts into the game, it’s just unbelievable.”

Later on in the Q&A, Gundogan was also asked to name one footballer, past or present, that he would ask to swap shirts with.

And the German international opted for a legendary midfielder who he would watch in his early years.

He said: “I would go for Ronaldinho. It was such a joy to watch him playing football during my youth.”

You can find a link to Ilkay’s Twitter page and the rest of the Q&A by clicking here.

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