The Spanish central midfielder began life at the Premier League champions with an impressive performance.
The Citizens got their season off to a flying start with a 5-0 win over West Ham United.
Rodri impressed so much that his teammates feel he can compete with Fernandinho for a starting spot.
"He can do that at Fernandinho's level [passing out from the back in tight spaces]," Laporte told The Athletic.
"Fernandinho does it a lot.
"I think the two are very good, they offer a lot to the team, most of all when we play out from the back."