Ngolo Kante has been hailed as the centrepiece of Chelsea and the French national team by Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.
The World Cup winner has spent the last two years at Chelsea after moving from Leicester City.
Kante won the Premier League with the Blues in his first season and played a key role in France’s World Cup triumph this summer.
“He’s a player I’d like to have had in my team for many years,” the 34-year-old told RMC Sport.
“He’s not going to come to Japan, but he’s definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game.
“His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team.”
Kante was linked with a move to PSG this summer but didn’t feel it was right time to leave Chelsea.