Pep Guardiola says signing good people as well as high-quality footballers is the key to City’s recruitment drive.
The champions made four signings in the summer transfer window, which closed at 5pm on Thursday.
Midfielder Rodrigo arrived from Atletico Madrid, Angelino re-joined the Club from PSV Eindhoven, Joao Cancelo moved from Juventus and Scott Carson signed on a one-year loan deal to bolster our goalkeeping options.
Guardiola and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain work closely to ensure City’s transfer strategy is the right one, and Pep says the ‘dream’ scenario when bringing any players in is that they have the right character and personal qualities in addition to technical proficiency.
“That is the dream,” he said. “To see the skills on TV is easy. But when you are not with him, you don’t know.
“Of course, we prefer to work with nice people. The aim when you are working every day is for you to always enjoy the moments with them.
“When you go to Manchester City, at this type of club, the quality is there. They already have the talent, there is no doubt about that.”
Rodrigo impressed during our pre-season tour of Asia, before producing a fine display in the Community Shield win over Liverpool.
And he has settled well at the Club, a fine example of a young player with a desire to learn and improve.
During his time at Villarreal, he combined playing professionally with studying for a degree in Business Studies and Economics at the Universidad de Castellon in eastern Spain, living in the university’s halls of residence.
It’s an unusual path for a modern-day footballer – and Guardiola has been impressed with him since arriving at the start of July.
“To settle in a new city and adapt to a new way of playing and new team-mates, you have to be open, you have to be generous and willing to try,” Guardiola said.
“I think Rodri is this type of player. It’s normally the holding midfielders… Mikel [Arteta] and myself were holding midfielders!”