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Man City were beaten 5-2 by Leicester on Sunday; Gary Neville says Pep Guardiola's defenders are not good enough
Last update: 09/28/20 12:22 AM
Ruben Dias scored and defeated Benfica in their win against Moreirense on Saturday
Manchester City have struck a £ 65m deal to sign Ruben Dias, as Benfica has announced, and Nicolas Otamendi is moving in the opposite direction.
The deal for Dias has an initial value of £ 62million with an additional £ 3million subject to additional costs and was confirmed in a statement from Benfica on Sunday night after City's 5-2 home defeat by Leicester.
In the statement, the Portuguese club said they had agreed a separate fee of 15 million euros for the signature of Otamendi.
Nicolas Otamendi has not yet appeared for City this season
Both contracts were subject to personal terms, the club said.
Pep Guardiola has been looking for a right-sided central defender since Vincent Kompany last year.
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Dias has impressed in three seasons at Benfica and was on the Portuguese World Cup 2018 squad.
The 23-year-old scored a goal in Benfica's 2-0 win over Moreinense on Saturday and was the team's captain. Afterward, Dias Benfica hugged sporting director Rui Costa.
After the game, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus said: "I'm pretty sure it was his last game (Rúben Dias) but sometimes everything changes in the last second in football, but I don't think that's going to happen. "
Dias hugged Benfica sporting director Rui Costa after he scored on Saturday
"He's a player we unfortunately have to see. He went through the academy, is our captain and plays for the national team. It's my fault that he left today."
"It also has to do with being knocked out of the Champions League and there are things that need to be balanced (financially) at a management level. He has a high market value and is certainly already a fantastic player who will continue to improve . "
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"Pep's defenders are not good enough"
After City's 5-2 loss to Leicester, Sky Sports’s Gary Neville said:
"They were so good for the first 25 minutes, but once Leicester pounded them a few times you felt like it only damaged them psychologically.
"Some of the wounds from last season are reappearing. The mistakes that cost them the title. Surely you can come back much quicker in this Manchester City town than before. You don't seem to react any more in transition." They did."
Regarding the three penalties: "Three different players make the same basic mistake. Rash. Naivety. Whatever you want to call it, it's in that backline. Pep Guardiola tries to see if he can defend his players, but I'm not sure he can.
"His defenders are not good enough, however you want to see it. He's a great coach, one of the greatest coaches of all time. But one on one, once his defenders get to those positions, they are." really poor. It's almost like they couldn't imagine someone landing the page from them. "
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