In the build-up to Manchester City’s 4-1 victory over Wolves on Tuesday evening, Ruben Dias spoke out about the influence of some Premier League defenders in his early career development, and plenty more.
In quotes provided by The Sun, Dias spoke to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport about his early influences from former Premier League defenders - and that included Ferdinand himself.
"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.”
Ruben Dias went on to point out the different challenges he is faced with in English football compared with competitions he has previously played in.
“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."
Since Dias joined Manchester City in the summer from Portuguese outfit Benfica, his red-hot form and apparent assistance in the transformation the defence has lead to fans and pundits to compare him to club legend Vincent Kompany.
However, the 23 year-old says he is not quite there yet.
"I understand why people do it but honestly for me you cannot compare me to Kompany because of all that he has done. He won almost everything, if not everything, and for how long he was here you cannot compare him to anyone.”
"Obviously things are going well for me, I have a lot of ambition and am here to win as are all my colleagues but I’ve just arrived and I have to make my own path."
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