Dias and Fonte play together at the back for Portugal and the latter admits he has long believed his national teammate would be well suited to the Premier League. Fonte, a former Southampton captain and West Ham United stopper, knows plenty about the demands of English football. And he was long convinced Dias would thrive at Manchester City under manager Pep Guardiola.
"For his personality, seriousness, and also for his quality, of course. But above all for how focused he is, he is a defender who rarely fails, with quality even in passing, very strong in duels. This was what Manchester City needed."
Dias came through the junior and youth system at Benfica, spending 12 years with the Portuguese giants before landing his move to City last summer.
- updated March 16