Manchester City seal £62m deal for Ruben Dias

Manchester City announced the signing of a six-year Benfica agreement with the Portuguese international center-back Ruben Dias on Tuesday.

Benfica announced on Sunday that they had reached an agreement to sell Dias for €68 million ( £ 62 million, $79 million) plus an additional €3.6 million in future incentives, with Nicolas Otamendi going in the opposite direction for € 15 million.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to have the opportunity to join a club like Manchester City and one that I couldn’t turn down,” Dias said in a City Statement.

“Their successes speak for themselves. They have been the dominant team in England over the last few years, playing an attacking soccer brand that I feel is tailored to my own game.

“It’s very exciting to be part of such a talented squad and to play for a world-class boss like Pep Guardiola, who has an established track record of developing young players like myself.

“I think I can improve here, at a club whose goals match up to my own, and I’m going to give everything to be competitive and win titles.”

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus said on the weekend that selling Dias was appropriate for the club to balance their accounts after the Greek side defeat PAOK in the third qualifying round of the Champions League ended their hopes of reaching the group stage.

Dias became the City’s third signing of the summer after Nathan Ake of Bournemouth and the Spanish winger Ferran Torres were brought back to the core.

The need for more defensive reinforcements was evident as City slammed 5-2 at home in Leicester on Sunday — the first time the Guardiola side had ever surrendered five in its distinguished managerial career.

“Ruben is a player we’ve been admiring for a while and we’ve been inspired with how Benfica has progressed,” said Txiki Begiristain, City Football Director.

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