David Platt can hardly wait to renew his working partnership with the former Sampdoria team-mate and room-mate who is now Manchester City's manager.
It needed little persuasion from his old Serie A pal Roberto Mancini to convince the former England and Arsenal midfielder to come on board as first-team coach.
Platt admitted: "Obviously Roberto was a major factor in me coming here - I've known him for 16 years and he was instrumental in taking me to Sampdoria.
"When the phone call came it wasn't a difficult decision - I'm joining a club with great resources, a good strategy and good project to really challenge for things, coupled with a manager who I've got a great deal of respect for.
We were room-mates at Sampdoria, and we got on very well. We've kept in touch and both holiday in the same part of the world. I think there's a trust between us.
...Platt on Mancini
Platt, a former England Under-21 boss, has become a familiar face on TV as he pursued his media work but confessed: "You do miss the day-to-day involvement.
"I had an opportunity to go back into management at a lower level and you think long and hard. But when you're at big games the adrenalin kicks in, you want to be a part of it."
As well as renewing his partnership with Blues boss Mancini, he looks forward to working with assistant manager Brian Kidd.
He said: "Kiddo was working with Sven for England when I was with the England Under-21s. I've known him a long time and I'm looking forward to working alongside him from Monday.
"Brian's got the knowledge and involvement with the English game. What Roberto is trying to do is put together a staff that covers all aspects of the game here.
"For me it's a different role now - as a manager, the buck stopped with me. I have an opinion and I'm quite happy to voice it, but Roberto makes the decisions here.
"We had one or two rows when we played ... hopefully we won't be having them this time!"