Manchester City defender Dias extends contract to 2027

Dias joined City from Benfica last year and was a mainstay of Pep Guardiola's defence as he helped the club win the Premier League title and reach the Champions League final.

Dias was named the Premier League Player of the Season as well as England's Footballer of the Year in a stellar debut campaign.   -  REUTERS

Manchester City defender Ruben Dias signed a six-year contract extension until 2027, the Premier League club said on Monday.

Dias, 24, joined City from Benfica last year and was a mainstay of Pep Guardiola's defence as he helped the club win the Premier League title and reach the Champions League final.

The Portugal international was named the Premier League Player of the Season as well as England's Footballer of the Year in a stellar debut campaign.

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"Although he only joined us less than a year ago, in that time Ruben has already proved to be such a vital part of our squad," City's director of football Txiki Begiristain said in a statement.

"And it tells you everything about his quality and importance to the club that we wanted to recognise his impact with this new contract."

City is seventh in the standings after three games, three points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur. It hosts Leicester City on September 11 after the international break.

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