Johnson all ears on City start
Adam Johnson is ready to listen and learn as he begins the next chapter of his career at Man City.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 04/02/10 7:17pm
Adam Johnson is ready to listen and learn as he begins the next chapter of his blossoming career at Manchester City.
Johnson's superb early-season form for Middlesbrough caught the eye of the big-spending Premier League outfit and manager Roberto Mancini made a move for the 22-year-old winger in the January transfer window.
A £7million switch was completed just hours before Monday's deadline and there has been talk of the England Under-21 international forcing himself into contention for this summer's World Cup squad.
But Johnson is refusing to set any targets as he becomes accustomed to his new surroundings.
"I've got to take each day at a time," he told Sky Sports News."It's all new to me and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
"It's quite hectic at the minute but once I get everything out of the way, I can get down to business, work hard and see what happens.
"The manager's been fantastic," Johnson added.
"He's helped me straight away to improve my game and that's what I want.
"I wanted to come and try to better myself and become a better player.
"There's world-class players here and everyone knows the quality throughout the squad.
"I'm hoping to come here and learn from the manager and the players, and hopefully become a better player."
Johnson came through the ranks at Middlesbrough, making his debut in March 2005 aged 17.
He had a brief loan spell with Leeds during the 2006/07 season and spent two months with Watford in 2007/08, scoring five goals in 12 Championship games for the Hornets.
Johnson established himself in Boro's starting line-up this season following Stewart Downing's departure for Aston Villa and he took full advantage, scoring 11 goals in 26 league games.
That convinced Mancini to swoop and lure Johnson from his only permanent club.
"It was a tough decision but based on coming to a massive club like this it wasn't too hard," added the Sunderland-born player.
"As soon as I knew City were interested, my mind was almost set.
"I'd been there (Middlesbrough) since I was 12 so there's a lot of people in the Academy who have helped get me to where I am and I want to progress even further now.
"There's a lot of people I had to say goodbyes to, people I've known for a lot of years and lads who I've grown up with.
"But everyone's really pleased for me and I'm glad to be here.
"I want to play in the best league in the world - it's where everyone wants to play - and hopefully I can get a run of games."