Davy Klaassen may have hit the ground running following his summer transfer from Everton to Werder Bremen, but the Dutch midfielder is keen to play down suggestions that he is as good a player as Xavi or Toni Kroos yet.
Klaassen - a UEFA Europa League finalist with Ajax in 2017 - has scored twice and laid on two more goals to help Die Grün-Weißen up to seventh in the Bundesliga this season.
Netherlands legend Johann Cruyff likened Klaassen to Xavi and Kroos due to his "perfect anticipation" before his unfortunate passing earlier this year, but Klaassen has shied away from such comparisons, despite his impressive start in Germany.
That feeling when your first Bundesliga goal is a winning goal💚 pic.twitter.com/Y1WqCeZnt8— Davy Klaassen (@DavyKlaassen) September 23, 2018
"I think it's impossible to compare players," he told sports news agency Omnisport. "But I think it's even more impossible to compare anyone to Xavi and Kroos. They're some of the best midfielders in the world. So, yeah it's nice that he said it. But yes, I think it's impossible."
Klaassen did not feature for the Netherlands in the recent UEFA Nations League triumph, which saw them finish top of Group 1 ahead of France and Germany, but he's confident he will add to his 16 international caps in due course playing under Florian Kohfeldt.
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"He was important for me joining," Klaassen continued. "I saw some matches from last season and it made me enthusiastic already. The playing style's really important. I have to feel well to play my best and the game plan at Bremen is like what I've done my whole life at Ajax."