WHEN he looks around the dressing room, Rodri must have to pinch himself to think he is this club’s record signing.
He is surrounded by superstars and like the rest of us must have been dazzled by Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling on this tour.
Yet it cost City £62.5 million to take Rodri from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer.
And the signs have been quietly promising on this four-match tour that he is exactly what Pep Guardiola needs.
He missed out on Fred, Jorginho and Frenkie de Jong in his search for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.
But Rodri looks like he could be that man to finally fill the shoes of City’s outstanding Brazilian.
With the likes of the KdB and the two Silvas playing like this, his role will be to break up attacks and give the ball to his fellow midfielders.
But he will also give them a presence at both ends of the pitch for set-pieces – something Guardiola felt they were lacking last season.
This clash with City’s sister club Yokohama was a good chance for him to get to know his new team-mates before next week.
City took the lead as De Bruyne was found on the right by Bernardo, cut inside his man and fired home from 12 yards.
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But Keita Endo levelled by stabbing home the rebound after Claudio Bravo had twice denied the home side.
A neat one-two between Silva and de Bruyne saw the latter send Sterling sprinting clear and he made no mistake.
Sterling also saw a goal ruled out by VAR for this season – but has been outstanding down the middle on this tour.