City bought the holding midfielder from Anderlecht in July 2020, and in just over a year he has risen from the U18s to the first team, making his debut for Pep Guardiola's side in Tuesday's Carabao Cup win at just 17 years of age.
Kompany told Het Nieuwsblad: "When Romeo was still training here with the A-squad, he showed he was very eager to learn and willing to listen.
"He picked up a lot and showed that he is aggressive in recovering the ball while also being calm on the ball.
"City need guys with this kind of profile. Lavia has what Pep Guardiola is looking for."
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