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Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Ayemric Laporte just days after the Frenchman set a new Premier League record.
Laporte, 24, made it 19-consectuive Premier League starts without defeat in the 1-0 at Tottenham on Monday, the longest a new player has gone without tasting defeat in the English top flight.
It’s now 17 wins and two draws in Laporte’s 19 games, a remarkable record that underlines his growing importance.
Guardiola is impressed with the man signed from Athletic Bilbao in January and says the exposure he had to top-level football at an early age means he has developed more quickly than most.
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“He is strong,” Pep said ahead of Sunday’s game against Southampton.
“Of course, he needed a period to adapt.
“We can’t forget that at 17, 18 he was playing against Messi and those kind of guys. He was already in his body and mind so adapted quicker.
“His quality and mentality. He wants to learn. He didn't play the World Cup, so he was refreshed. Not being with France means he was fresh. He is playing at a high level We are so satisfied with him so far.”
You can watch the first part of Pep’s presser in full via the video above!