"He is a fantastic leader, a real players' manager, if you know what I mean. He commands respect from the players because you know that in his career he has captained one of the biggest clubs in the world and won every domestic trophy there is."
De Ridder says that he just can't wait for the season now.
"I want to be competing for a place in the team. I know it's going to be so tough because when you look at the midfielders we have in the squad it has top quality written all over it.
"But that's the Premier League. You are going to get the best, and you need to have at least two players competing for every position."