Man City star Ruben Dias is Portugal’s best defender, says Pepe

The 23-year-old center-back immediately established himself as a starter at the Etihad after leaving Benfica in September.

Portugal legend Pepe believes that Manchester cityRuben Dias is the best defender in the country right now.

Dias, 23, signed for City from Benfica at the start of the 2020-21 season and immediately found a place in Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans.

The center-back has only missed two of his side’s Premier League outings, as he has become a regular in Portugal since his debut in 2018.

“Ruben Dias is already the best Portuguese central defender in the world, I have said it before,” the ex-real Madrid star explained to Tribuna Expreso.

“Not only that, but he’s also a very smart player.”

The duo have played together for Portugal several times, establishing a solid understanding despite Pepe being 14 at the age of Dias at 37.

In October, the Port the defender said about his compatriot Champions League clash with City: “I had immense respect for Ruben from the first day he arrived in the national team.

“He has always been an exemplary player in the team and showed his character. I was also happy to see him leave for a club like Manchester City, where he will continue to progress and grow.”

Dias in turn praised his veteran colleague, expressing his admiration at 37, he continues to play for club and country.

“It is not normal for a player of Pepe’s age to maintain the excellent performances he has achieved,” the defender told reporters during the international break in October.

“We should be happy that he still has the ability to play at this level.

“There are few greater privileges than being able to have his experience and the opportunity to play by his side, because of everything he stands for, where he has played and everything he has won.

“I see a great chance to learn every day, every second.”

City return to Premier League action on Sunday at home for Crystal palace, having barely overcome Brighton in their assembly in the middle of the week.

Guardiola’s charges are currently in third place, four points behind the leaders Manchester United have played one game less.


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