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City's Nastasic hails Kompany influence

Matija Nastasic has praised captain Vincent Kompany for helping him slot smoothly into the Manchester City team.

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The Serbian defender helped the defending champions keep a fifth clean sheet in six league games as they won 2-0 at Wigan on Wednesday.

Nastasic, a deadline-day signing from Fiorentina, has displaced Joleon Lescott from the team and established himself as Kompany's regular partner in the centre of defence.

He said: "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. Whatever I am learning, I am learning along with Vinnie.

"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 (Toure) - and they can also play well but I'm feeling good."

The 19-year-old joined City for £12 million and was given his debut away against Real Madrid. But despite initially being selected for Champions League games, he has also forced his way into the Premier League team and said he prefers the English top flight to Serie A.

He added: "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 pay in a quick game."

Meanwhile, City are waiting to discover how serious James Milner's hamstring injury is.

The England international midfielder came off the bench to score at Wigan but was himself substituted, when Kolo Toure replaced him in the 81st minute.

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