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Casemiro discusses where he ranks among world's best defensive midfielders

Tom Gott
Casemiro is one of the game's best
Casemiro is one of the game's best / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Real Madrid's Casemiro has admitted that he sees himself as one of the top defensive midfielders in the world, but stopped short of describing himself as the best.

Now 29, Casemiro has been shining at the base of Real's midfield ever since returning from a loan spell with Porto in 2015, and he is widely accepted as one of the game's best players in his position.

ESPN recently asked Casemiro whether he felt he was better than another player who is regularly involved in these conversations, Chelsea's N'Golo Kante, but the Brazilian was quick to point out how the two do different jobs.

"I'd rather you answered that one!" he joked. "I'd like to remind you that Kante, who is obviously an extraordinary player, has been playing in a different position for Chelsea, with more freedom to attack. Their main defensive midfielder is Jorginho.

"It is also worth remembering that there are other players at the top level in this role, such as [Sergio] Busquets and Fabinho.

"But just because I'm mentioned as one of the best, I'm happy and I will keep working to evolve more and more."

Casemiro has enjoyed six brilliant years in Real's midfield, most of which has been spent alongside fellow superstars Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, and the Brazilian admitted it has been a pleasure to be part of that trio.

"It's a privilege to play for so many years at the biggest club in the world and I think I'll only understand the scale of what I've managed to accomplish when all this is over one day," he said.

"Playing alongside Luka Modric and Toni Kroos is a privilege. I'll remember that I've spent so long with them for my entire life, and I'll tell my grandchildren that I was able to play with two exceptional players, two icons of football."