There are few central midfielders in the wrold at present better than N'Golo Kante, according to France coach Didier Deschamps.
A season on from winning the Premier League with Leicester City, Kante is enjoying another standout campaignwith Antonio Conte's table-topping Chelsea.
Kante, 25, had to wait until last year to make his international debut, but has featured 13 times for France.
The midfielder's performances are delighting Deschamps, whose side take on Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday before a friendly against Spain.
"He's been with us a while. He didn't play all the matches either. It all depends on the system I choose," Deschamps told a news conference.
"N'Golo was performing well with us. He was with Leicester. He's doing it this year in Chelsea. He will certainly win a second consecutive title in England.
"In his position, he's one of the best players in Europe and the world. I will not complain.
"He is French. He's with us. Obviously he's an important player. He is very efficient in his position. On the top of that, he starts to score goals, it's perfect."
Kante, who has played in 27 of Chelsea's 28 league games this season, says he does not feel "like the best player in the Premier League", while Burnley midfielder Joey Barton recently stated he is overrated.