Updated: Monday, 22nd July 2019 @ 4:21pm

Vincent Kompany is captain fantastic: Matija Nastasic delighted to play alongside Manchester City's hero

Vincent Kompany is captain fantastic: Matija Nastasic delighted to play alongside Manchester City's hero

By Chris Bailey

Promising Manchester City centreback Matija Nastasic is loving life in the Premier League – with no small thanks to his captain Vincent Kompany.

The Serbian has ousted Joleon Lescott to become a first choice defender for a Blues side that have only conceded ten goals in 14 league games.

And the man who he credits as showing him the ropes is Kompany, who has been more than happy to take the 19-year-old under his wing.

"It's going very well. I'm very happy. The road is the right one and I think I'm going the right way," Nastasic said.

"I've been here for the last two or three months and, yes, I am playing with Vinnie but the other guys are good – Joleon, Kolo – and they can also play well but I'm feeling good.

"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.”

Nastasic has quickly adapted to English football after his summer move from Serie A side Fiorentina, and he admits the Premier League’s more physical style of play suits him.

"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."

Picture of courtesy of CityTV

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