Saturday 20 December 2014

Nastasic in good company

Published 29/11/2012 | 13:44

Matija Nastasic feels he is growing into his role at Manchester City

Manchester City centre back Matija Nastasic might have edged England international Joleon Lescott out of Roberto Mancini's starting line up but he admits he still has a lot to learn.

Nastasic has quietly forged a solid defensive partnership with Vincent Kompany, even though Lescott has been available for selection after returning from injury. The composed teenager has been in good form and has become a key part of a City defence that has kept five clean sheets in their last six league games.

However, the Serbian believes he is still learning alongside one of the best defenders in the business in the form of Kompany, and said: "It's going very well. I'm very happy. The road is the right one and I think I'm going the right way."

He added: "I've been here for the last two or three months and, yes, I am playing with Vinnie (Kompany) but the other guys are good - Joleon, Kolo (Toure) - and they can also play well but I'm feeling good.

"We (Vincent and I) talk every day on the pitch and on the training ground, and it makes me happy to play alongside such an excellent captain and in such a good team.

"I do like the way the English game is because it is quite quick. In Italy it is a little bit slower but I do like it and I prefer to play in a quick game.

"Whatever I am learning, I am learning along with Vinnie."

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