New Manchester City signing Sergio Gomez highlighted the key role club legend Vincent Kompany played in shaping his career and recent move to the Etihad Stadium.
Gomez joined City from Anderlecht for a reported fee of £11million (€13m) on Tuesday to become Pep Guardiola's fourth signing of the transfer window after Kalvin Phillips, Erling Haaland and Stefan Ortega.
The left-back was instrumental for the Belgian side under Kompany last season, racking up 49 appearances and registering 15 assists along the way.
Kompany enjoyed a hugely successful spell with City between 2008 and 2019, winning 12 trophies, including four Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
And Gomez, who spent his youth career with Barcelona before a stint at Borussia Dortmund, received the former skipper's blessing before completing his move to the Etihad.
"I talked to [Kompany] a few days ago when I knew about City's interest in signing me," the 21-year-old told the club's official website.
"He was very happy for me; he told me this would be a huge step in my career and that I was making the right decision by coming here.
"It's a big step for me. I'm really happy that [City] showed interest in signing me, and I'm going to give my best to show on the pitch that I deserve to be here, and I hope we can achieve big things together.
"I think I've grown in every step of my career, I hope to continue doing so here at City. I'm here to learn and help this team as much as I can."
Previously a wide or central midfielder, Gomez also spoke about how he has not looked back since Kompany converted him into a left-back at Anderlecht last term.
"He called me and said I could do very well in that position," the Spain Under-21 international continued.
"To be honest, I was a little bit surprised, I didn't expect it, but he seemed very sure about the decision, and that gave me confidence.
"I will always be thankful to Vincent for the opportunity; I'm still playing as a left-back and I really enjoy it."