Manchester City defender Ruben Dias has revealed that he used to watch and learn from the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, John Terry and Vincent Kompany when he was a kid.
The Portuguese defender has arguably been the signing of the season and has been a rock-solid presence for Man City this season.
He has been a constant fixture in the Man City lineup ever since his arrival and has played a key role for Pep Guardiola's side in their 21-match winning run, putting in excellent displays at the back.
Dias, who is now arguably considered as one of the best in his position, told Man United legend Ferdinand on BT Sport that he used to watch him, Vidic, Terry, Kompany and several more play and that he learned a lot from that.
"When I was a kid watching the Premier League was my dream weekend, I've watched many games with you, Vidic, Kompany, John Terry, an infinite list," Dias said [via Mirror].
"From there you start learning and I learnt a lot from what I hear and what I see and just by watching I started to understand the league and the way you play.
"The thing that makes the big difference is how competitive it is. Here you get the challenge every game and I think that's what makes the league different and if you're successful it's because you can solve it many times."
Dias' impressive performances have seen him being compared to club legend Kompany. While Dias understands why he is being compared to the Belgian, he insists the former Man City star cannot be replaced.
He said: "I felt zero pressure – no one could put more pressure apart from the pressure I put on myself. People are comparing me to Vincent and I understand why people do it but honestly for me you cannot replace Kompany because of all that he's done. I have a lot ambition, I want to win."