The young Serbian pushed his English colleague out of the first-team reckoning at the Etihad Stadium but there are no hard feelings, with the 30-year-old impressedManchester City defender Matija Nastasic should be considered as a candidate for the Premier League’s Player of the Year, insists team-mate Joleon Lescott.
The young Serbian quickly deposed the Englishman from Roberto Mancini’s back line after joining from Fiorentina in the summer but the displaced centre-back feels that he has not been given enough credit.
“[He's] a candidate for player of the season,” Lescott wrote on Twitter. “Not enough people talking about him. If he was English people would be raving about him.”
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Nastasic is pleased with his start, telling the Daily Mirror: “So far I've played 20 games and everything is going well for me at the moment.
“I'm very proud of [breaking up Lescott’s partnership with Vincent Kompany] because Joleon is a great player.
“When I arrived in England, I noticed in the first couple of games that I could settle and play, and that gave me confidence.”
The youngster also confided that he has been helped to settle by countryman and Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic.
“When I arrived, I asked Nemanja for advice,” the 20-year-old added. “I spoke with him and still speak with him. For me, he is a great friend and a great person.
“He gave me general advice, not just about football but about lifestyle and young players adapting to English football.”