The Frenchman praised his Albion team-mate ahead of the new season.
Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert revealed that he holds team-mate Steve Sidwell in the highest regard, and praised the midfielder for his vast experience within the game.
Sidwell signed a new one-year deal with the Seagulls on Wednesday, and Knockaert commented on his close relationship with the 34-year-old while being interviewed for the club’s 2016/17 Season Review DVD.
He said, “Siddy is a great guy, with everything he does for us every day in training and the experience he brings. The happiness he brings to the team is something special.
“You always need someone like that in your team, someone that brings you happiness every day and makes you smile.
“He always talks to me, because I think he likes me a lot, and he helps me with life and football. He always gives me really good advice and I’m so happy when he talks to me.
“He can bring me a lot of experience and great things in my football, so he’s a really good person that I have big respect for.”
It was Sidwell’s 50-yard strike against Bristol City last season that sparked an emotional celebration for Knockaert’s late father just days after his passing, and Albion’s player of the season showed his appreciation towards that special moment
“It was a really big privilege for me to have a person like him pay tribute to my dad, because if my dad knew about that before he passed away, he would have been so happy.
“It was a great moment, because it was a really bad moment for me, but it gave me a little smile and I cried. It was a really good moment for me and my family.”
Anthony Knockaert was just one of the players being interviewed for the ‘We’re On Our Way’ end of season DVD, which is available to pre-order at seagullsdirect.co.uk.