Manchester City captain Fernandinho and fellow Brazilian Gabriel Jesus are helping the club’s new signing Kayky adjust to life in England. The talented teenager joined City this summer and has been drafted to train with the senior team.
He recently resumed training after recovering from a knee injury and is expected to make his debut for the club’s under-23 side. The 18-year-old who was signed from Brazilian side Fluminense for an initial £9m, was initially set to join City in January 2022. But the club decided to bring him in earlier.
His explosive skills have caught the eye with Pep Guardiola confirming that he is highly rated at the Etihad Stadium. The gaffer was asked for an update on the young forward in an interview after the Champions League game against Club Brugge.
In his response, the Catalan boss revealed not only how the player is getting on with life at the club but also how much support he is receiving from his compatriots.
“He’s just arrived. Had some knee problems. He’s training with us, getting to know us, getting to know English football,” Guardiola said.
“He’s very young. We know of his talent, otherwise he wouldn’t have come, or City wouldn’t have signed him.
“He’s very smart, very prepared. Fernandinho talks to him a lot, our captains take care of things a lot, that’s why Fernandinho is a jewel.
“Little by little he will be integrated, he will try to have matches for the second team, seek rhythm. And soon his performances will decide what to do.”
Both Fernandinho and Jesus have taken the youngster under their wings. The striker-turned-winger is particularly impressed with Kayky’s talent and quality despite his young age.
“He’s a boy, a very good player. We trained together and I could see it. Everyone here likes him,” Jesus revealed to ESPN Brasil.
“It’s not easy to adapt to England. I talked to him, we talk every day. I made it clear that I’m here to help. Just as, when I arrived, Fernandinho and Fernando helped me, the club also help a lot the players who arrive with the family, stability, they offer this support.”
Having recovered from injury, City fans can expect to see Kayky filing out with the Elite Development Squad. It remains to be seen if he will remain with the side for the whole season or he will later be sent out on loan.
Fellow new recruits like Diego Rosa, Yan Couto and Metinho are all out on loan, but it appears Guardiola has a liking for Kayky. After easing Phil Foden into the senior squad it will not be surprising if a player that has been referred to as “the left-footed Neymar” follows the same route.
Needless to say, the early signs about the player are good. He has made a good impression on both the senior players and the manager which has resulted in them speaking highly of him.
If he develops into the player he is expected to be, we could have another generational talent on our hands at the Etihad.