He explained to the Independent: "I don't want sound disrespectful to the guy because he's amazing but I think I'm a different player to him. I'm more attacking. We try and play a little more football. And, anyway, I want to make my own name in the football world."
Asked the midfielders he models himself on, Flamini replied: "Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane.
"Amazing. They did so well in this league. I want to become a player like they were. They were fighters, they were great footballers, they made the difference at their clubs, they had great spirit, great experience - and they led their teams."