The Portugal international has adapted seamlessly to Manchester City defense, with his game all about keeping opponents out.
Changes in strategy over the years indicate that it is now important for those who were once asked to head and kick the ball, to contribute more to the collective cause.
is very much in that category but he is also aware of the need to find players that do their main job well.
has proved himself to be more than adept at playing out from the back, but the 23-year-old was quick to stress that his main job is to defend and that he takes pride in his work.
He has told the Daily Mail of his desire to defend first and play second:
“The other day someone said to me here in the club, 'Ah, amazing, another clean sheet'.
“And I just said the thing that gives me most pleasure is not even the clean sheet. It's the other team not even making one shot on goal. The thing that gives me the most pleasure is that my keeper doesn't make a save.
“I'm a defender. I'm there to defend. Nowadays the idea is that a defender needs to do much more. My focus has always been on becoming better and doing more but I've never forgotten that, first of all, I'm a defender.
“If not me, then who else will take pride from defending? It gives me pleasure to make the other team feel powerless.”