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'Today was special, and everyone knows why' - Dias hints at Man City move after netting for Benfica
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27-Sep-2020, 03:53 am

'Today was special, and everyone knows why' - Dias hints at Man City move after netting for Benfica


Ruben Dias Ajax 2018-19

Benfica star Ruben Dias suggested that he may have played his last game for the Portuguese giants as a move to Manchester City looms on the horizon.

And this summer the Premier League club opened talks with their counterparts in Portugal over a potential signing.

Dias, who represented Portugal at the 2018 World Cup, could command a transfer fee of up to€55 million (£50m/$64m), although City would also be keen to include Nicolas Otamendi as a makeweight in the deal in the hope of sealing a lower asking price.

Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla's Jules Kounde have also been mentioned as possible targets for the Citizens at the back, but Dias is their top transfer priority.

While there has been no official confirmation over a deal being struck, Dias' reaction on Saturday to questioning following his side's Liga NOS clash hinted that his time at Estadio da Luz was coming to a close.

"I am very happy, obviously," the Benfica captain, who appeared to be on the verge of tears during his brief interview, toldBTVafter netting in his side's 2-0 win overMoreirense.

"This was a very important game for me, and to be able to crown it with a goal... it was a special moment.

"I think that everyone here will be able to guess why that is.

"It was without a doubt something special. The captain's armband too was special."

The defender has been with Benfica since the age of 11, joining from hometown boys' club Estrela da Amadora in the suburbs of capital city Lisbon.

He has gone on to make more than 130 appearances at the club, forming a key part of the Benfica team that took the 2018-19 Primeira Liga title.


Source : goal.com

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