Dias’ Man City stint
Ruben Dias would make the switch to Manchester City in the previous summer transfer window.
The Sky Blues are understood to have paid around £65m to land the stopper, a fee which so far looks to be well worth it.
Dias has provided City’s backline with a stability that has not been seen for several years now.
He has also seemingly played a key role in John Stones returning to his best over the current campaign.
And at present, Pep Guardiola’s side have by far and away the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just 24 goals in 33 outings.
Dias on Foden & POTY
So, with the campaign now drawing to a close, the conversation over who should win the Premier League Player of the Year will of course ramp up.
And Dias is no doubt set to be right in that conversation, along with several over Man City players such as Ilkay Gundogan.
When drawn on being one of the favourites to land the POTY recently, Dias had this to say:
“To be spoken of in those terms is a tremendous privilege for me. It is something that makes me feel good, makes me feel that my work is being well done.
“But essentially, what it tells me, is that the team is having success. For me, to be on that shortlist, especially as a defender, it can only mean the team won and had success. That, for me, is the biggest thing.
“If you said to me that in your first year in the Premier League you can win the Player of the Year, it would be amazing. But, what I really want in my first year is to win the Premier League. That would be my biggest achievement.”
Dias has also recently been discussing Phil Foden, highlighting the midfielder’s ‘most fantastic attribute’:
“He is a special talent. As you know, as everybody knows, you can see it, he breathes football. On top of it all, for me, I would say one of the most fantastic attributes he has is the way he is.
“He has been here with the first-team for three years now and he has been playing, but sometimes he just goes back to zero again, like a restart. He does it so well. He is always driven and you never see him going down like ‘this isn’t going well for me’ or ‘I have this problem or that problem’.”