Kevin de Bruyne has been left impressed with Man City’s transfer business, describing Rodri as ‘a perfect fit’ for the club.
For a second summer running, Man City broke their transfer record to bring Rodri to the Etihad, splashing £62.8 million to sign the Atletico Madrid midfielder, with the Spaniard being eyed as the long-term successor to Fernandinho.
Rodri played for 90 minutes of Sunday afternoons Community Shield game against Liverpool on Sunday in a midfield trio of David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne.
Speaking about his new midfield colleague, De Bruyne has said that the 23-year-old has been ‘phenomenal’ in training, and thinks his attributes make him ‘a perfect fit’ for the Premier League champions.
“He’s a perfect fit for us,” said the Belgium international, as per the Evening Standard. “I think the way that we did transfers the last years adds up. You see a lot of young talent coming in willing to play our style. I think that’s what they’re looking for and he’s a perfect fit for us.
“I think he’s the perfect defensive midfielder for the way we want to play. Our defensive midfield is a really difficult position. You need certain players for it and there’s not a lot of people who can do both sides of it.
“Obviously we’re very good on the ball. You can’t just be defensive, you have to be offensive also. I think the way he’s performed in pre-season and in training has been phenomenal. To be the new guy and still be on this level is a good sign.”
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