Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola Holds This Player as ‘Untouchable’ for Transfers

Published 08/30/2021, 12:50 PM EDT
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Manchester City have been a dominant force in the Premier League since the financial takeover. Pep Guardiola’s arrival took them further, to another level. Even though he has been heavily backed by the board in terms of transfers, Pep is a revolutionary coach. Significantly, different players have come under his regime to provide that incredible solidarity. Aymeric Laporte, Ederson, Kyle Walker have all come into the team to provide incredible quality on the pitch. Likewise, Ruben Dias is the latest player to enter that list. Now he has signed an extension to keep him at the club until 2027.

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Ruben Dias signs a new contract

After Vincent Kompany left the club in 2019, City missed the leadership and the defensive solidarity provided by him. This paved the way for Liverpool to land their first English Premier League title in the club’s history. In response, Pep signed the Portuguese defender to steady his ship, and it proved to be a masterstroke. Dias made an instant impact and won the Premier League title for City last season.

Now, the defender is hungry to win more trophies as he extends his contract to 2027. The 24-year-old defender spoke in excitement about his time with the club.

“I’m very happy to sign the new deal. I have enjoyed every single minute of my time at City since joining last year. Playing for City has surpassed all my expectations, and it’s an absolute pleasure to be part of such an incredible squad,” said Dias.

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He came with the mentality of winning trophies, and he seems to be enjoying every moment of it.

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What does Dias bring to Manchester City?

The void left by Kompany was huge. The Belgium defender spent eleven seasons with the club and recently earned himself a statue in front of the Etihad. Despite all the success, Kompany’s departure left a hole in terms of defensive output, as well as leadership.

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Enter Dias.

Signed from Benfica for $79.2 million, he made an instant impact. Partnering with John Stones in the heart of the defense, Dias made incredible defensive contributions to lead City to their 5th title. The Citizens kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League as a team and Dias was a major factor for that record. He made 90 clearances, 24 tackles, 35 interceptions, and won 62 aerial battles. The most interesting part is the fact that he didn’t make any mistakes leading to an opposition goal.

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Thus, Dias’ influence on the team is staggering. No wonder Pep locked him down because of his importance to the squad. There are shades of Kompany in terms of leadership and the center back is on his way to land his own statute for the club.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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