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William Gallas names surprise picks as Premier League's best defenders

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Gallas left out Virgil van Dijk when picking his best Premier League defenders
Gallas left out Virgil van Dijk when picking his best Premier League defenders / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages
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William Gallas has named Manchester City's Ruben Dias and Chelsea's Thiago Silva as the two best defenders in the Premier League right now.

Dias has been one of City's most important players this season as the defending champions sit eight points clear at the top of the league table following Wednesday's 1-0 win over Brentford.

Silva has been extremely impressive for Chelsea since making the switch from Paris Saint-Germain, and even at 37, continues to play an important role in Thomas Tuchel's defensive set-up.

Former Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham defender, Gallas, believes Dias and Silva are currently the best defenders in the league.

“I will speak about two players. I will speak about Thiago Silva because, he always finds the edge. I think what he does for Chelsea, it's magnificent,” Gallas said (via the Daily Mail).

“As you know, to play in the Premier League it's not easy. It's very physical. And Thiago Silva is 37 years old. He is the boss of that defence. He's mature, he's got experience. Thiago Silva is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.”

Gallas has also been extremely impressed with Dias' performances at City, and added: "He is a very strong, and a very thoughtful defender.

“He doesn't make a lot of fouls. In his position, that is always good. That is how he communicates to his team. He doesn't speak a lot, but he doesn't have to. But you know, he looks strong.

“So those two players, for me, are the best defenders in the Premier League.”

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