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UCL: Akanji has quality similar to Laporte, says Man City boss Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Manuel Akanji after his debut against Sevilla.

The German defender, signed from Borussia Dortmund last week, started in the 4-0 victory.

“He trained one day and a half with us, but he showed what experience he has at Dortmund and what a good central defender Manchester City brought to us,” Guardiola declared.

“He has quality similar like Aymer (Laporte) – he can break the lines with the pass.

“Manuel is really intelligent and great with the ball. City brought me and the club a fantastic player

“He’s a fantastic age at 27 and mature so yeah, really good.

“He reads really well the spaces, and I am very pleased for him.”

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