Nastasic grateful for help of Man City captain Kompany

Matija Nastasic believes that Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany has helped him settle into life in the Premier League, according to Sky Sports.

The young Serbian defender signed from Fiorentina in the summer in a deal that saw Stefan Savic move in the opposite direction, and after starting in City’s last eight matches, Nastasic has embedded himself in the heart of the defence alongside Kompany. The two have built a strong partnership in recent weeks, with City keeping six clean sheets this season and only conceding on average 0.71 goals a game.

Roberto Mancini has shown great faith in the youngster by starting him ahead of the likes of experienced duo Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott in recent weeks, and gave the defender his debut away to Real Madrid in the Champions League in September. Nastasic has credited his teammate Kompany with helping him adjust to life in the Premier League, and has stated his admiration for the speed of the English game.

Nastasic 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. (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.

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