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Ndidi: My understanding of football is much better under Leicester City boss Rodgers

13:26 GMT+3 11/02/2020
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The Nigeria international feels he has learnt more under the guidance of the Northern Irish tactician than his former managers

Wilfred Ndidi admitted he has a better understanding of the game under Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.

The defensive midfielder has made much progress since the arrival of the former Celtic and Liverpool boss, helping the Foxes win more possession with his timely tackles and interceptions while his passing accuracy has greatly improved.

The Nigeria international admitted the Northern Irish tactician has made much of an impact on his career than his previous managers and hopes to continue his development.

“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.”

Ndidi is combining playing football with studying business and tourism management at De Montfort University.

“It’s going well. I did my practical essay recently so I’m just waiting,” he continued.

“I always wanted to study and now I can because I have more time after training. I just want to develop myself away from football. I usually have two lessons a week and I enjoy it.”

Ndidi has made 26 appearances across all competitions this season, helping the Foxes climb to third in the Premier League table.  

The former Genk midfielder will hope to play a key role when Leicester square off against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their next league game on Friday.