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Guardiola discusses Rodri qualities after he makes Man City debut against West Ham in China

Manchester City’s record signing, Rodri, made his first outing for the club, and Pep Guardiola has discussed the qualities that he will bring to his already incredible side.

The Spain international completed a club record £62.8 million move from Atletico Madrid last month, and is seen as the long-term successor to Brazilian holding midfielder, Fernandinho.

He made his first appearance in a Man City shirt in the Premier League Asia Cup game against West Ham this afternoon, with the league champions running out 4-1 winners in Nanjing.

Speaking after the game, City boss Pep Guardiola revealed why he wanted to bring his compatriot to the club, likening him to Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets.

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“He is a tall guy, which for a short team like we are is very good,” Guardiola told

“Good for set-pieces, but that’s not why we bought him.

“He is young, a typical holding midfielder who is so quick in his thinking. We expect him to have a long career with our Club.

“Since we arrived, we tried to get players who are 21, 22, or 23 – he is in the national team and in Spain they call him the second Busquets, so I think we have a good player.”