Rúben Dias believes that signing a new long-term Manchester City contract just one year after joining the club “speaks for itself” as a statement of joint intent.
The Portuguese defender has committed his future to the champions until summer 2027 after a hugely successful first season in England. City signed Dias for a £62m fee from Benfica last September and the 25-year-old helped to propel Pep Guardiola’s side to the 2020-2021 title.
Dias was named Premier League player of the year as City swept to the title by 12 points, with Guardiola’s men also reaching the Champions League final. “The club wants to be in the top five, top three in the world,” Dias said. “I share the ambition of the club and that is probably one of the most important things.”
Revealing City initiated talks over a new deal, Dias added: “It means a lot and it speaks for itself. I am very happy, and I am also very happy that the club felt the confidence to do it. [They] want to be the best and that is an ambition I love and want to be a part of.”
City lifted the Carabao Cup to add to their Premier League title last term, but Dias has insisted he is nowhere near satisfied when it comes to trophies. Guardiola’s side have beaten both Norwich and Arsenal 5-0 at home after losing their opening league game of the season at Tottenham.
“Obviously it was a great season, but the best season can only be the one that’s coming,” added Dias, who was named the 2020-21 Champions League’s defender of the season at last Thursday’s draw.
“Every year everything starts from zero and for you to prove it again and again and again, I think that’s the biggest trophy you can have in football. You’ve got to do it as often as you’re able, and that’s what we’re coming to.”