He added: “I have the feeling that even with me the ‘yes, but’ remark is gone.
“Every year there was somebody who said: Eden is close to the level of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
“First Jose Mourinho, then Antonio Conte, now Maurizio Sarri.
“I will never become a Messi or a Ronaldo, but since the World Cup everyone immediately says top-5 in the world when my name is mentioned.
“Before it was maybe top-10, top-15, top-20. I feel that the people now are saying ‘wow’.”