City complete signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica

By Ric Turner, Wed 30 September 2020 17:20

City complete signing of Ruben Dias from BenficaPortuguese international has signed a six year contract until 2026

City have completed the signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica for a club record fee. The Portuguese international has signed a six year contract that will see him stay at The Etihad until 2026.

The club are believed to have paid £64.3m for the player, with Nicolas Otamendi heading to the Stadium of Light for around £13m.

Dias has been capped 19 times by his national side, and becomes City's third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake.

“To have the opportunity to join a club like Manchester City is a fantastic opportunity for me and one I couldn’t turn down," he said.

“Their success speaks for itself. They have been the dominant team in England over the last few years, playing an attacking brand of football which I feel suits my own game.

“It is really exciting to be part of such a talented squad and to play for a world class manager like Pep Guardiola, who has a proven track record of developing young players like myself.

“I believe I can improve here, at a club whose ambitions match my own and I will give everything to be successful and win titles.”

Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, added: “Ruben is a player we have admired for some time and we have been impressed with how he has progressed at Benfica.

“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 experience playing for a top 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.”