Jose Mourinho believes that Manchester City and Portugal’s center-back Ruben Dias is the best in the world right now. Dias won the Premier League Player of the Season award as well as won the Premier League title in his first season. He became the first player to win the accolade in his debut season since Kevin Phillips more than two decades ago. Dias also finished the season with the second-most completed passes (2,528), behind only teammate Rodri (2,542). He and john stones provided the perfect partnership for Pep Guardiola all season long. Mourinho rated Dias above Virgil van Dijk, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos. Dias is currently on international duty with Spain at Euro 2020.
“I would say that Ruben with this step to the Premier League is getting a different knowledge and experience of competitiveness.” Jose Mourinho said about Ruben Dias. “I think he’s a fantastic center-back. Lots of fantastic players in attack, Cristiano is not a kid anymore. I believe it is his last Euros and after being European Champion, he will try everything to succeed for the last time.”
Jose Fonte who won his first Ligue One title with Lille revealed that playing alongside Dias has made him a better player. He explained that Dias’ presence itself elevates the levels of performance of players around him.
“He’s one of the guys who can keep his concentration levels at max all the time,” Fonte said. “He’s already one of the best [center-backs], I must say. It’s not easy to go to Manchester City and just impose yourself as he did. He’s made everyone else better. Communication is vital. Just by talking, [defences] prevent so many attacks – by putting people in the right position. Dias is young but he talks a lot”