Manchester City completes the signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica

Manchester City has completed the signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica
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Ernest Sunday

Manchester City has completed the signing of Ruben Dias from SL Benfica in a deal worth close to £65m after failing to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.

The top-rated defender signed a six-year contract with City after undergoing a medical at Lisbon Portugal.

Ruben Dias will be a quality addition to Pep Guardiola's defence due to his ability both in the air and on the ground

Speaking on his signing Ruben said: 'I am a player that loves to win, a player for the team, for the fans, a player that loves this family spirit which I am feeling a lot since I have been here,' Dias said.

"I am an aggressive player, and I love what I do. I love the game, and without getting into too much detail, because it is something you will see when I start playing, the most important thing to say is I love to win, and that is the thing you most need to know about me.

"I am expecting the Premier League to be the reason why I wanted to be a football player. To have that feeling when I am on the field when my arms get goosebumps.

"That is it, that feeling, you cannot even put it into words. For me, the Premier League means all of that and to be able to play in the Premier League at a top club like City; it doesn't get much bigger than that."

In a separate deal, Manchester City announced the departure of Nicolas Otamendi to Benfica in a fee of €15 million.

Otamendi move to Benfica allowed Manchester City to sign Ruben Dias

Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain has tipped Ruben Dias to be a good leader at the defensive position after the club failed to replace their former captain Vincent Kompany who had a good leadership quality at the defence during his time at the Etihad.

"Ruben is a player we have admired for some time, and we have been impressed with how he has progressed at Benfica," Begiristain said.

Ruben will be a good addition to City who already signed Ake from Bournemouth

"He has developed into a real leader, and as a defender, he has all the attributes we are looking for. He is strong in the air, good in one v one situations and technically, he is very good, so we are confident he can thrive in our system.

"He is young but has gained valuable experience at a big European club in Benfica, and we're really pleased we've been able to sign him. He is another talented addition to the squad and someone who is only going to get better working under Pep.'

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