Wilfried Bony admits he is happy he has finally been able to meet and train with his new team-mates.
The Ivory Coast star joined the champions in early January but then jetted off to play in the Africa Cup of Nations for six weeks so it’s been a long wait for the former Swansea striker.
After finally arriving in Manchester on Monday, he's now keen to hit the ground running and is hoping he may be available for selection against Newcastle at the weekend.
“It feels like a while since I signed the contract but finally I’m here, I’m really happy about that and now I’m just focusing on this Saturday’s game,” said Bony.
“For me, it was really important to make this decision for my career and my life and I’m very happy to be a City player. I have spoken to my new team-mates and they have welcomed me to the club and I’m already feeling at home.”
Whether the game against the Magpies comes too soon or not, the 26-year-old powerhouse is already in tune with the task ahead in the remaining months of the campaign.
“We need to win as many games as we can because we need to make up seven points on Chelsea,” he said.
There are a lot of games to go and everything can change. We still believe and we’ll be doing everything we can to close the gap
"It’s not easy because I’ve just arrived from Africa and I will have had five days of training before we play Newcastle. I have to take it step by step and wait for the right opportunity to present itself.
“I’m not 100% just yet and as I say, I’ve only just arrived so we will see. I still have another couple of days of training but I need to take things step by step.
“It is interesting training with my new team-mates and to see the way they play and they are also learning what my power and strengths are.
“Samir Nasri has already told me he doesn’t want to see me on the right or the left – just to stay in the box because that’s the only place he wants to see me! He told me he’ll get the ball to me and to just stay there!
“If I am needed, I have a good record against Newcastle and I’ve scored three goals in two games against them.
“They are a good side and are strong at the back but they are coming to our stadium and we need to win this game. Four days later we’ll be playing Barcelona and we need to go into this game on the back of a strong performance."