Cape Town - Arsene Wenger has further fuelled speculation linking Arsenal with a move for Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante by declaring his admiration for the player.
Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger who will be following the tournament as a pundit on French television, spoke on the Frenchman's quality and admitted to being a huge fan.
"I admire and like N'Golo Kante a lot. He gives you ideas. He gives you the feeling that the higher the level he plays at, the more at ease he is," Wenger said.
"We are talking about numbers. He has the most interceptions in Europe and by far."
The 25-year-old formed an integral part of Leicester's surprise title-winning side last season, claiming more tackles than anyone else in the top five leagues in Europe.
Kante could further add to his fairytale season on the international stage where he is expected to play a leading role for France.
"He has incredible quality. He feels the game, only very few people can do that. He's always where he needs to be," Wenger added.
"It is very rare to have that in the central midfielder. Not always orthodox, but always in the right place."