Manchester City have announced the signing of defender Ruben Diaz from Benfica for a fee of £62m.
The Portuguese International defender Dias has signed a 6 year contract at the Etihad stadium, and becomes Man City’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres.
The 23-year-old defender came through the Benfica academy and made a total 91 appearances for the first team scoring 9 goals in the process. Diaz was part of the Portuguese National team that won the UEFA National league in 2019 and has won 19 caps for the Portuguese national team.
The defender expressed his delight on the move to the Etihad stadium and has this to say
“To have the opportunity to join a club like Manchester City is a fantastic opportunity for me and one I couldn’t turn down, 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.”
City’s defender Nicholas Otamendi has also joined Benfica as part of the deal for a fee of €15m after five years at Manchester City. Diaz has been assigned the number 3 Jersey at Etihad Stadium and would hope to make his debut for the club this coming weekend.