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Manchester City Confirm Ruben Dias Arrival as Nicolas Otamendi Joins Benfica

Toby Cudworth
Dias has signed a six-year deal
Dias has signed a six-year deal / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Manchester City have confirmed the transfer of central defender Ruben Dias, signing the Portuguese international from Benfica on a six-year deal.

The 23-year-old follows Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake to the Etihad this summer, and becomes the latest big-money defensive reinforcement brought in by manager Pep Guardiola.

Dias' move to Manchester has been offset by the departure of Nicolas Otamendi in the opposite direction, but the club have still forked out around £50m for the 19-cap international.

“To have the opportunity to join a club like Manchester City is a fantastic opportunity for me and one I couldn’t turn down," Dias said in a statement on the club's official website.

“Their success speaks for itself. They have been the dominant team in England over the last few years, playing an attacking brand of football which I feel suits my own game. It is really exciting to be part of such a talented squad and to play for a world class manager like Pep Guardiola, who has a proven track record of developing young players like myself.

“I believe I can improve here, at a club whose ambitions match my own and I will give everything to be successful and win titles.”

Otamendi, meanwhile, thanked the club for all they had done for him during his time at the club, saying: “I’ve had the opportunity to win two Premier Leagues, to win the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup and the Community Shield. If you win titles it is because you are doing things well, and so I’m happy to have enjoyed these moments, and more than grateful.

Otamendi has gone in the other direction
Otamendi has gone in the other direction / Visionhaus/Getty Images

“I was lucky enough since the first year I arrived to win a trophy, and later with the arrival of Pep to win even more. I am just happy to have played my part, with the support of my teammates and the staff.

“I [also] wanted to show my gratitude [to the fans]. Since my arrival they have always treated me well, from the people who bump into me in a service station or in a supermarket, they have always been so kind, saying nice things to me.

“I hope they are happy; I gave everything I could to the club, and I hope the success keeps coming. I send all my love to the fans.”