Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu says compatriot Michael Essien is still in great shape despite lacking regular playing time for the first half of the season.
Badu believes the box-to-box midfielderâ€™s qualities will be crucial for the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup finals.
Essien joined Italian giantsÂ AC Milan in January and been featuring in matches in the Serie A and Champions League.
Badu played a cameo against Essienâ€™s Milan on Saturday when they beat the Rossoneri 1-0.
He says the former Chelsea man is on top of his game.
â€œMike is an abundance of talent and working alongside him is a great honour. Heâ€™s a leader on the field of play and a mentor to all of us,â€ the Udinese player told allsports.com.gh
â€œLooking at his current form there is no doubt we have an asset in this great Black Stars team who will surely make an impact at the World Cup.â€