JASON Tindall admits he took "great pride and happiness" at seeing Nathan Ake excel on his Manchester City debut on Monday.

The Dutchman, who left Cherries after four years to join City on a £41million deal this summer, started for Pep Guardiola's side at Molineux.

And, starting at centre-back alongside John Stones, he helped his new club to a 3-1 win to begin their Premier League campaign in style.

Ake could feature against his former club tomorrow night, when Cherries head to Etihad Stadium in the Carabao Cup (7.45pm).

"I worked a lot with Nathan Ake on the training ground," Tindall told the Daily Echo.

"I think whenever you’ve worked with players closely like Nathan and when you go on to see them do well and excel at their respective clubs, you do sit back and take great pride and happiness from seeing that.

"To see Nathan slot in at centre-half for one of the greatest teams in Europe and look as comfortable as he did was no surprise for me, but it was great to see."

Discussing Ake's departure from Cherries earlier this summer, Tindall added: "I think if you’re ever going to leave any team, Man City is going to be right high up there near the top of the list if you could hand pick a team that you could go and play for.

"I felt Nathan deserved it, with the way he conducted himself every single day on the training ground, the way he played and how he represented this football club was first class.

"You couldn’t fault him in any way. If there was a player that deserved that type of move, it was certainly Nathan Ake."