The Nigerian midfielder was pleased with the Foxes’ effort despite their failure to earn a berth in next season’s European elite club competition N
The Nigerian midfielder was pleased with the Foxes’ effort despite their failure to earn a berth in next season’s European elite club competition
Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi says he was pleased with Leicester City’s performance despite failing to book a Champions League place next season.
Brendan Rodgers’ were in line to finish among the best four teams in the Premier League last term, nevertheless, a slump in their last game ensured that did not materialise.
Second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard at the King Power Stadium condemned them to a 2-0 loss against Manchester United.
The result secured the Red Devils’ return to the elite European tournament for the first time since the 2017-18 season, while the Foxed dropped to the Europa League.
Rodgers’ men finished the campaign with 62 points after 38 matches with 18 wins recorded in the process.
Even at this disappointment, the former Genk star was satisfied with the efforts of his teammates.
“I feel very great, I feel very happy,” Ndidi said to NFF media.
“It was a mixed feeling because in the last game, we should have done well to qualify for the Champions League. But in all, it was a great season and we can’t complain.
“It was a season for us to learn from going into [the 2020-21 campaign], and there are so many positives to take from last season.”
For the 23-year-old, he featured in 32 games in the English elite division with two goals and six cautions to his credit.
He also finished the 2019-20 EPL season as the second top tackler behind Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while his Leicester City teammate Ricardo Pereira finished in third place.
In his first season, the Super Eagles star topped the tacklers’ chart with 138 successes and in the process was named as City’s Young Player of the Year for theHe repeated that feat the following season after garnering 144 tackles, ahead of Idrissa Gueye (143) and Wan-Bissaka (128) – making history by becoming the first player to lead the top of tackle charts for two consecutive seasons.
Despite the rave reviews that accompany his performance week in, week out, Ndidi claims personal platitudes are secondary to his pursuit of glory with the 2015–16 English kings.
“For me, I just want to play football and help the team – which is more important than personal credit. If the team is doing well, then its fine for me,” he added. 2017/18 season.