Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola thinks the newly signed Ruben Dias has proved to be a better player than they expected.
The 23-year-old defender Dias has made a magnificent beginning at the Etihad Stadium since his £64.3 million transfer from Benfica toward the finish of September. The Portugal international has not just demonstrated a solid defensive performance with initiative characteristics, but his shape and commitment have also stamped him out. "When you buy players always you have this quality but you never know what is going to happen." the Spanish head coach said. "He is a guy that can play every three days. He recovers immediately and his ability is incredible, as is his understanding of the game. "He wants to learn and all of us were impressed how he takes care of his body and mind, every day. We were surprised a lot. "The day after (a game) – 8.30 in the morning in the gym. He makes his routine, he eats perfectly. He lives 24 hours for his profession. "I can assure you that we signed one incredible player for the next five, six, seven years. That is not easy to find." Dias has been in the starting XI for Cityzens in the last 21 games except for two Champions League group stage games, which were easy games. Since his arrival, he has made a strong connection with John Stones in the central defense. "It's a pleasure to play with him, how well he's done coming into the club straight away playing so many games, playing so well." Stones said on Dias. It has been a hefty timetable for City. Yet, Guardiola feels his unwavering quality has been vital in the team's new recovery after a slow beginning to the season. Guardiola men will welcome Birmingham in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. “The best signs are when as a player you can be used and play every three days. It is not easy to do." he added. “The quality may always be there but when you have a player who is injured every two or three weeks or every month, and you have to stop every time, that is not good for the team and the club itself. “That is why we are so fortunate and hopefully he can continue.” Follow Sportmob for the latest football news.