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Sport Ruben Dias seems set for Man City after 'almost certainly' playing final Benfica game

02:15  27 september  2020
02:15  27 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Benfica defender Ruben Dias appears set to join Manchester City after the Portuguese giants' coach Jorge Jesus confirmed Saturday's 2-0 win over "I would like to be absolutely sure, but it was almost certainly the last game he played ," Jesus told reporters. "In football you never know, sometimes

Ruben Dias scored in Benfica 's league win over Moreirense on Saturday. After the match, Dias - who had scored his 12th goal for the club in 133 appearances - told Benfica TV: "It was a very important game for me and being able to mark it with a goal was very special.

a person on a court: Ruben Dias in action for Benfica on Saturday © Getty Images Ruben Dias in action for Benfica on Saturday

Benfica defender Ruben Dias appears set to join Manchester City after the Portuguese giants' coach Jorge Jesus confirmed Saturday's 2-0 win over Moreirense was "almost certainly" the centre-back's final outing in Portugal.

Dias, 23, came through Benfica's academy and has been a regular in the club's senior side since the 2017-18 campaign.

In that time he has reportedly been tracked by many of Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester United, but it appears his next move will see him wear blue instead of red.

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Ruben Dias is heading to Manchester to sort out Pep Guardiola's leaky defenceCredit However they have settled on Dias – a player they have monitored for well over a year Coach Jorge Jesus stopped short of saying his key defender was definitely leaving but added: “I'm almost sure it was the last game .

Ruben Dias captained and scored for Benfica in their 2-0 win over Moreirense on Saturday before hugging Manchester City sign Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m as Pep Guardiola improves his defence after shipping five goals - with Nicolas Otamendi heading in the opposite direction.

City are said to have offered €55million (£50m) and Nicolas Otamendi to Benfica for the highly rated Dias, who is also a regular at international level with Portugal.

Dias scored the opening goal in Saturday's victory and also wore the captain's armband, while he was shown sharing emotional embraces with Benfica icon Rui Costa and other members of the club's hierarchy at full-time.

Jesus then effectively confirmed Dias' exit as he spoke to the media.

"I would like to be absolutely sure, but it was almost certainly the last game he played," Jesus told reporters.

"In football you never know, sometimes everything changes in the last second, but I think that will not happen. He is a player we are sorry to see leave. He's a great player.

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"But I also have some fault for the departure, this has to do with the elimination from the Champions League [qualifiers] and there are things that have to be balanced.

"He is the only player who has a high market value. He is already a good player and will be a beautiful player."

Jesus also briefly discussed the chance of Otamandi joining from City, suggesting it will not be a swift adaptation period for the former Porto man.

"Of course, Ruben has had seven weeks with me. It was not easy at first for all of them to adapt to my idea of ​​the game," he said.

"And when he [Otamendi] arrives, he will realise that my ideas are different from those of Manchester City. This is if the Manchester City player comes.

"There is also talk of Ruben Semedo. It will be weeks of adaptation."

A visibly emotional Dias savoured his moment with Costa and was thrilled to seemingly close the Benfica chapter of career in such a manner.

"It was a special moment [with Costa] and I think everyone already knows why," he said. "Obviously, people leave their mark on you, and the club also. Without a doubt, it was very special for me.

"I am very happy. It was very important to consecrate this game with a goal, it was very special for me."

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