"If he gets near to Paul Scholes he will have done well," the England defender said.
"Tom will be his own player. I am sure he would rather be that than titled the new this or that."
"He has some great traits. He sees the game clearly and plays the ball forward in a nice way. It is a huge pressure to be tagged the next Paul Scholes," he added.
The Premier League champions next face Tottenham Hotspur at home on Monday, August 22.