Dias’ Man City stint
Ruben Dias made the switch to Manchester City during last summer’s transfer window.
The Sky Blues are understood to have paid around £65m to land the stopper, a fee which has since proven well worth the outlay.
Dias has provided City’s backline with the kind of stability that has not been seen for several years now.
He has also played a key role in John Stones returning to his best over the course of the campaign to date.
In turn, Pep Guardiola’s side boast the best defensive record in the Premier League, having allowed just 32 goals in 37 outings.
Pep praises Dias
Dias, in his first season in England, has already won the League Cup and Premier League.
And he could be set to guide the Citizens to their first-ever Champions League triumph later this month when they meet Chelsea in the final.
Now, after what has been a remarkable campaign from the Portuguese, Pep Guardiola had been heaping praise on Dias.
And, after explaining how he did not expect Dias to be so impactful, Pep went on to back the stopper to become a future Man City campaign:
“It wasn’t expected, honestly. We knew his quality but you never know what is going to happen.
“If a defender plays for himself it’s a problem but he is thinking always about his central defensive partner, his holding midfielder, even the wingers.
“He’s so generous, he’s a complete professional. He is 24 hours thinking about football, he is still so young.
“I’m pretty sure in a short time, maybe I’m wrong, but his mates and backroom staff will choose him as one of the captains because he’s shown he can lead.
“He is a guy who in the bad moments is always ready to help and he’s a man of communication on and off the pitch.
“He’s a leader. To be a leader is not to be given to you by the club, it comes from inside, it’s natural.
“He is always thinking what he can do better. That is why he will have success.”
Quotes via Goal.