Manchester City have introduced the signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica.
Dias, the Portugal centre-back, arrives from Benfica in a deal price £65million, with Nicolas Otamendi going the opposite for just below £14m.
The 23-year-old has been touted as Man City’s alternative for Vincent Kompany, who left the Etihad final summer season and has by no means actually been changed.
He turns into Man City’s second defensive recruit of the summer season after Nathan Ake, who left Bournemouth to hitch Pep Guardiola’s aspect in a £41m deal final month.
The Dias and Ake offers take Man City’s spending on defensive gamers this summer season past the £100m mark, and imply Guardiola has extremely spent greater than £400m on defenders since changing into Etihad boss 4 years in the past.
Regardless of recruiting 11 gamers for big sums to enhance their again line, City began final weekend’s thrashing by Leicester with summer season signing Ake – who was relegated with Bournemouth final season – in defence, alongside wantaway teen Eric Garcia and damage inclined Benjamin Mendy, who’s now in his fourth season on the Etihad however solely not too long ago handed 50 appearances.
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They had been fragile and porous in opposition to the Foxes and Guardiola hopes Dias can clear up the defensive issues, but in addition be the chief Kompany was throughout his time on the Etihad.
And Jose Fonte – who companions Dias in defence for Portugal – made it clear the 23-year-old is a ready-made captain who can take up Kompany’s mantle of chief instantly.
“Ruben is one in all my favorite younger centre-backs,” mentioned Fonte throughout an interview with talkSPORT. “He’s solely 23, however he exhibits nice maturity.
“He has a fantastic work ethic. He needs to be taught, he needs to enhance. He observes the good defenders, he’s focused on understanding the sport.
“So, for me, it’s a fantastic acquisition for Manchester City. They’re getting a prime, prime participant, who needs to get higher and higher and that’s crucial.
“He’s humble. He’s very, very skilful with the ball at his ft. He has an excellent go between the strains. He reads the sport effectively, he assaults the ball effectively within the air. He’s robust within the duels.
“They’re getting an excellent participant. I’ve little doubt he’s prepared; he’s been enjoying on the highest degree for the final two, three years.
“He begins each recreation for the nationwide group, as effectively. He has a younger physique, however an older thoughts.
“So I feel he’s prepared. He’s going to be excited to point out what he’s able to. If Manchester City want him proper now, they’ll use him.
“He leads by instance.
“Like I mentioned, he’s a hard-working boy, he’s all the time within the gymnasium eager to get higher. He takes care of what he eats, he’s very, very talkative.
“He likes to speak, that’s one factor I like about him. He talks loads.
“He provides directions, he instructions from the again and that’s crucial for a defender. So he’s already a frontrunner.”
Ruben Dias may make his Man City debut vs Leeds United on Saturday, with full commentary of the 5:30pm kick-off LIVE on talkSPORT!