Jose Mourinho Names Best Centre-Back In World Football Right Now Ahead Of Euro 2020
Jose Mourinho has hailed Manchester City defender Ruben Dias as the best centre-back in world football ahead of Euro 2020.
Dias, 24, has been widely praised for his impact at City last season after his stunning £65m move from Benfica in September 2020.
The Portuguese centre-back became an instrumental figure in Pep Guardiola’s backline for City as he made 32 appearances in the league.
However, the City star was named the Premier League Player of the Season and secured a place in the 2020-21 PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
Dias has been selected for Fernando Santos’ 26-man Euro 2020 squad for Portugal.
And the former Benfica star is expected to start for Portugal as the 2016 Euro champions hope to secure back-to-back titles.
The 58-year-old Portuguese manager wrote for The Sun: “Ruben Dias is the best centre-back in the world now.
“With his move to the Premier League with Manchester City, he is getting a different level of knowledge.
“He is a fantastic centre-back. And the one next to him, Pepe, is a 38-year-old with a lot of experience.
“That can be a strength for Portugal as they then have lots of talented players in attack.”
Mourinho continued by saying that he expects this to be the final Euros for Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Special One added: “Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is not a kid anymore and this is probably his last Euros.
“After becoming a European champion, I believe he’s going to try everything to succeed for the last time.
“Fernando Santos is the right guy in the right place. Very stable, very calm, very adapted. And he knows the players very, very well.
“By keeping Cristiano, Pepe, Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho, he has a structure of experienced boys.”