Ruben Dias joined Etihad Stadium for $ 79 million from Benfica, Man City’s transfer record for a defender.
Man City announced Ruben Dias with a six-year contract on September 29.
If Dias meets some sub-terms related to future performance, Man City will pay Benfica about $ 5 million, in addition to $ 79 million in transfer fees. At that time, the 23-year-old defender will become the most expensive player in Man City history for $ 84 million, surpassing midfielder Rodri’s record $ 81 million.
Man City partially recovers the cost of buying Dias by selling Nicolas Otamendi to Benfica. The 32-year-old Argentine midfielder is valued at $ 17 million.
“Joining a club like Man City is a great opportunity, and I cannot refuse. The club’s success speaks for itself,” Dias said at the launch. “Man City has dominated English football for the past few years, playing offensive football that I feel is right for me. It’s great to be part of this team and work with a world-class coach. Like Pep Guardiola, who has a long track record of developing young players like me, I believe I can improve here, at a club that has the right ambitions for me, I will give my best to succeed and conquer the titles “.
Dias is City’s third rookie this summer, behind center-back Nathan Ake and winger Ferran Torres . In the opposite direction, the Etihad home team sold Leroy Sane, Otamendi, and let David Silva and Claudio Bravo leave in a free form.
Dias matured from the Benfica training facility, and started playing for the first team in 2017. Over the past three years, he has entered 137 games. Dias has also played 19 caps for Portugal since 2018.
Dias is expected to replace Vincent Kompany, the midfielder who leaves a big gap for Man City after his departure in 2019. Last season, due to conceding too much in important matches, Man City was 18 points behind Liverpool. in the Premier League and eliminated by Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League .
“We admire Ruben for a long time”, said Man City Sports Director Txiki Begiristain. “We are very impressed with how he has progressed at Benfica. He has grown into a true leader and a defender with all the traits we are looking for. He’s strong in the air, Good in one-on-one situations and has very good technique. We believe he can thrive in our system.