Ndidi – ‘I Have Learnt More Under Rodgers Than My Past Managers’

Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi says he’s learnt more under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers than under his past managers.

He insists that he now has a better understanding of the round leather game under the Northern Irish man.

The defensive-minded midfielder has made much progress under the management of the former Celtic manager, making timely tackles and interceptions that has helped Leicester hold on to possession while his passing accuracy is even better these days.

Ndidi admitted Rodgers has made more impact on his career than his managers did and hopes he can continue developing under the Irish gaffer.

“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, what I know now, if I’d have known it when I was growing up, I’d have been a better player. I’m grateful to the manager for everything he’s installed in us,” he told Leicester Mercury.

“My understanding of the game is much better now. I see the game differently to what I used to. I learned from other managers as well so no disrespect to them, but this manager has made me understand more about the game, like the space available on the pitch.

“I feel like I’ve really improved since I first joined Leicester. [Rodgers has given me] the belief and understanding. That makes it easier when you find yourself in situations on the pitch.

“When I came to Leicester, I didn’t have much of the ball but now I find myself in situations where I have more time with the ball. That comes from the teaching and the understanding that the manager has given us.

“He’s made me understand the role I play and now it’s a case of developing from there.”

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Ndidi has made 26 appearances across all competitions for the Foxes this term, helping them to third on the Premier League standings.

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