"It's very flattering and it makes me smile when people talk well about my game and how I'm performing," he told Setanta Ireland.
"But I don't agree with being the best midfielder in the world. There's a lot of fantastic midfield players out there and it's very nice to be talked about in terms of those top players.
"The players I admire now are playing at Barcelona. Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi. They are the players I watch who really excite me and I think to myself they're on a different level to all other footballers out there.
"I also think we're very lucky to have Fernando Torres. He was a wonderful signing for the football club.
"He's young and has already shown he's one of the best players in the world.
"We're very lucky to have him."