Manchester City defender John Stones says Claudio Bravo has made a “brilliant” start to life at the Etihad Stadium.
Bravo endured a testing introduction to English football in Saturday’s Manchester derby; colliding with Stones to present Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a goal and throwing himself into a challenge with Wayne Rooney following a loose touch in the area.
He looked far more assured as City beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 on Wednesday evening, however, showing the kind of composure in possession which persuaded Pep Guardiola to make him City No.1
And Stones, who has slotted into the Blues’ backline seamlessly despite joining the club four days before the Premier League season kicked off, says his team-mates have helped the Chilean settle in just as they did with him.
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“He’s come in and picked up what where we started since I came in,” he told reporters. “He’s fitted in really well, he obviously knows a few players and got to know everyone well.
“It was the same when I came in, everyone went out of their way to talk to me and make sure I was all right. That’s what’s happened with him. It’s credit to him. He’s come in, got his head down and worked hard and put in good performances.
“It’s credit to him for coming over to a different country with a different atmosphere. It’s a bit of the unknown for him and I think personally that he’s done brilliant. It’s nothing more than he deserves.”
Stones also praised Sergio Aguero after the Argentine helped himself to a hat-trick during Wednesday’s victory.
The striker now has nine goals in five games so far this season and Stones is clearly impressed: “His goalscoring record is a joke,” he added. “It’s not just that - his link-up play, movement. These things go unrecognised because of his goalscoring but he’s an all-round player for his size. He can head a ball. He’s the full package and it’s great for me to play alongside him day in, day out."