The Switzerland defender left Borussia Dortmund and completed a move to Manchester City on deadline day of the last window, signing a five-year deal at the Etihad.
The summer signing has made three successive starts since his £15million move. He has found himself more involved than expected, with John Stones repurposed at right-back and Aymeric Laporte out injured.
Although Akanji knows he will not always be in the starting line-up, especially when Laporte returns from injury, he has insisted he will buy into the squad mentality at the Etihad, while still making it as difficult as possible for Guardiola to drop him.
Akanji said: “I was in Dortmund four days before the end of the transfer window and watched Bundesliga and Premier League games on TV. Then came the contact with Manchester City. From there everything went pretty fast. I don’t pinch [myself], but of course it’s a huge step considering where I’m from. I am very proud of it and thankful for the support of my family and friends.“
“We have a lot of good players. I know that it won’t be easy. I also don’t expect to play through every game for 90 minutes, but I want to make it as difficult as possible for the coach.”
These Akanji’s comments were shared on twitter by City Xtra and it attracted plenty of attentions from the club’s supporters.
“This mentality right there.”
“Quickly becoming my favorite CB”
“Never a downgrade”
“For now Akanji is my best defender, reminds me of Vinny”
“Whenever I see you play, I see a Kompany in you, keep rocking”
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