Aymeric Laporte has offered his first insight into life at Manchester City since his club-record move from Athletic Bilbao in January.
The 23-year-old has made three appearances since his £57million transfer and continues to adjust both to English football and the unique demands of Pep Guardiola.
Speaking to Larqué Foot on RMC Sport in France, Laporte was asked about Guardiola and also whether he feels any added pressure with his price-tag.
“If they paid the money, it’s because the club wanted me and football is now like that,” said the Frenchman. “I don’t think about it, otherwise you can feel fear when thinking about these figures.”
“I know where I’m going, I already know of the world, but I like challenges and I think that I belong here. Every day I work hard and fight for my place.”
In the sights of many top European clubs, Laporte admitted that Pep Guardiola is a big reason why he moved to the Etihad and had good things to say about the Catalan tactician.
“He teaches me a lot every day. He likes my style of play and I like his, so it’s mutual and I hope we are going to do good things together.
“When you see his style of play on TV, it’s good, but then you have to understand it as a player. He has a special way of training, a different way of seeing things than a lot of other coaches I’ve had.
“It’s going well so far. He wants to impose his football and I think his football is very good.”
At just 23, Laporte is destined to spend many years in Manchester and seems to be enjoying his stay so far.