How Pep Guardiola chat convinced Jeremy Doku to join Man City after initial reservations27663563

Doku was a regular for Rennes and wanted by a number of clubs, eventually choosing City towards the end of the transfer window. He made his City debut against Fulham last weekend, earning praise from assistant manager Juanma Lillo who was standing in for Guardiola on the touchline.

The Belgian himself admitted that he was left &aposfrustrated&apos with his debut as he couldn&apost get a goal or an assist, showing the bigger picture he sees towards the game. Now, speaking on international duty, Doku says that bigger picture kept his feet on the ground when first hearing of City&aposs interest.

And Doku said that he waited to speak to City boss Guardiola and director of football Txiki Begiristain to learn what the exact project was for him at the club before committing to joining the European champions.

“The first contacts were at the end of the championship,” Doku told RTL. “I&aposm not sure, as long as it&aposs not concrete, I&aposm busy with football. It&aposs not my job.

“I say to myself, &aposAh, that&aposs good&apos, but what is the project? That&aposs the most important thing. Go somewhere where the project suits me, where I see myself playing. I wanted to know what my role was. That&aposs what will attract me, being there and saying that I play for Manchester City.

“I spoke with the sports director, with the coach. That&aposs the key moment. When the coach speaks to you, it&aposs not just anyone. He explains to you what the project is, that he trusts you, what you want to hear. I found him quite sincere.”

After Guardiola convinced Doku of the sporting project, another key figure played a part in the personal charm offensive – Doku&aposs national team captain Kevin De Bruyne.