Manuel Akanji speaks about the lifestyle of some of his teammates, revealing the most active on social media, particularly WhatsApp, and the most inactive players.
The Switzerland international who joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in a £15 million deal in 2022 has become an important player in Pep Guardiola’s system and has so far enjoyed life in Manchester.
The City’s success could be linked to how happy the players are both inside and outside the pitch. They have managed to build a strong relationship and that could be seen in their fighting spirit on matchday.
Speaking further about the characters of his teammates, Manuel Akanji explained how the players behave and contribute to their Whatsapp chat
During a chat with Pro:Direct Soccer for their ‘UNLOCKED’ series, he opened his WhatsApp and spilt all the secrets. He told Filly and Harry Pinero that the most active City star is Bernardo Silva, although Jack Grealish enjoys sending most jokes.
“Bernardo [Silva] is always responding when we get something in there,” he said.
The defender further revealed that the academic graduate, Reco Lewis, is the least active player on the platform. He wondered if he read their group chats because he never responded to them.
“Least-active? Probably Rico Lewis,” he continued. “I don’t know if he reads the messages but he never responds. I don’t remember him ever sending a message in there. He is a great guy, though.”
Meanwhile, while Rico was the least active player on WhatsApp, according to Manuel Akanji, the youngster has become an active part of Pep Guardiola’s team since he made his senior debut.
Guardiola acknowledges the talent of the Englishman who made his international debut in November. He described him as one of the best he ever trained as a coach.
“To find a player like him playing in the pockets, how he has to move in holding midfield, full-back coming inside moving in the spaces – he is one of the best I ever trained by far…
“When you play inside, you have to be 360 and you have passes coming from everywhere, that is the most difficult position to play. As a central defender, all you see is in front of you.
“He is a big talent and to find that is not easy, to come from the Academy, he always trained so good.
“I’m very pleased for him. He deserves all the praise from ourselves and the media – he deserves it,” the Spaniard explained to City’s official website.