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Ruben Dias in talks for a new contract with Manchester City

The Premier League champions Manchester City are planning to prepare an all-new and improved contract for their star defender Ruben Dias who has played exceptionally well in the last season.

The 24-year old defender has signed a deal with Manchester City upon his arrival from Benfica last summer. He has made 50 appearances for the Citizens during the 2020-21 campaign.

 According to the Daily Star, Dias’ performance in last term will reward him with an upgrade in his contract. He will be getting twice the salary as compared to the previous year which is £140,000 a week.

Dias was in action this summer in Euro 2020 for Portugal. He made four appearances for his national team in 2016 where the winners were eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16.

Pep Guardiola’s side are about to begin their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season clash with Preston North End on Tuesday night.

Will Ruben Dias be effective for Manchester City as compared to last season?

Ruben Dias operates from the right side of the defence. There is a balance of defence that will come playing alongside left-footed Aymeric Laporte. The range of passing from right to left will not only benefit the fullbacks but the wingers too.

Dias is adept at picking out teammates from a distance with his long ball passing. He further looks to play a pass, the likelihood of a defender denying a forward increase. But for City, he has scored just four counter-attacking goals since the start of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. This weapon in his arsenal will afford Guardiola’s side a further goal scoring threat.

Dias has been on the radar of Europe’s top teams in recent months and he looks a good fit for City, particularly in the wake of their 5-2 thumping at the hands of Leicester over the weekend. But the time will tell whether or not they panicked into splurging on the Portugal international this window.
For his exceptional performances, Ruben Dias is awarded Footballer of the Year. His defensive prowess was also a huge catalyst in City reaching the UEFA Champions League final. Although it was his first season in the EPL, Ruben Dias did not take long to get accustomed to the fast-paced and physical nature of English football.

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