The former defender believes that the Portuguese star will have all the necessary qualities to inherit leadership duties in the Etihad Stadium in the coming years.
According to Richard Dunne, Ruben Dias is fast becoming a ‘real candidate for captaincy’ at Manchester City.
City spent £ 65m ($ 90m) to bring Dias from Benfica to Manchester last summer, and the Portuguese justified the club’s initial investment in his talent by playing a key role in the course of a fifth Premier League game. -title.
Dias entered into a formidable partnership with John Stones at the back when Pep Guardiola’s team achieved the best defensive record in the division, and Dunne believes he can reach even greater heights in the coming years.
What was said?
The former city defender singled out Dias for special praise after the team’s friendly 4-0 victory over Barnsley before the season, which supported him to inherit the captain’s band at the Etihad Stadium as he continues his current career .
“He will want to start the season well, but he will continue to progress because as a midfielder there was no one close to him last season,” Dunne told the club. official media channel.
‘You might think he’s settled in and feels more comfortable so he can improve again. It is very important that he starts well and continues the form of last season.
‘The other players will know him and understand what he is good at and what to expect, so let’s hope it continues. Although he is still very young, he has the stature and aura about him. Looking ahead, I think he could be a true captaincy candidate in the years to come. ”
Dias’ amazing campaign 2020-21
Dias scored 50 appearances in all competitions in his debut campaign at City and scored one goal.
The 24-year-old helped the Manchester kit pick up their fourth consecutive Carabao Cup along with their latest crown, and also won the Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year awards at the end of the season palm.
Who is the current captain of Man City?
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has been the captain of City since the departure of Vincent Kompany at the end of the 2018-19 season. The 36-year-old signed a new one-year contract in June, which will keep him at Etihad Stadium until next summer, but Dias could inherit the bond from his team-mate if his services are not retained further.