New £65m defender could face Leeds United for Manchester City debut

MANCHESTER CITY'S new £65m centre-back Ruben Dias could make his Premier League debut in Saturday evening's clash against Leeds United at Elland Road.

By Lee Sobot
Friday, 2nd October 2020, 5:51 pm

City completed the signing of 23-year-old Portugal international centre-back Dias from Benfica for around £65m on Tuesday evening with 32-year-old Argentine centre-back Nicolas Otamendi moving the other way for £13.7m.

Dias trained with his new colleagues on both Thursday and Friday and City boss Pep Guardiola now has to decide if he will feature or even start against the Whites.

"He (Dias) trained twice - yesterday and today,” said Guardiola at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, as quoted by www.mancity.com.

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EXPENSIVE RECRUIT: Portugal international defender Ruben Dias celebrates scoring for former club Benfica in a Europa League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk last February. Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images.

“He settled good. He is part of the team, we have a training session this afternoon.”

Guardiola will, though, be without both of his main strikers in Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus and also German international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan despite Gundogan's period of self-isolation having contracted COVID-19 now coming to end.

Gundogan has missed City's first four games of the season after testing positive for coronavirus on September 21 but the German has now returned to the City Football Academy after ten days of isolation.

"Today was the first day he came back to the locker room, but he didn’t train with us,” said Guardiola.

“He will train with us during the international break and we will see.”

Aguero, meanwhile, is continuing to recover from knee surgery while Jesus is also out with a muscular problem. Both face around another month out.

On Jesus, Guardiola added: “He is not ready. Hopefully after the international break he will be ready.”

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