Micah Richards shuts down ‘ridiculous’ quotes that Ruben Dias will replace Vincent Kompany at Manchester City and calls to not put pressure on new £64m signing as he makes his Premier League debut at Leeds
- Ruben Dias makes his debut against Leeds after joining from Benfica for £64m
- Manchester City have struggled in defence since Vincent Kompany left in 2019
- It is hoped Dias will be the answer to Manchester City’s defensive problems
- Micah Richards has slammed claims saying Dias will replace Kompany
Micah Richards has urged for people to not put pressure on Manchester City‘s new signing Ruben Dias.
The 23-year-old centre-back made his debut against Leeds after signing from Benfica for around £65m this summer.
And during Sky Sports’ pre-match coverage of Manchester City’s trip to Elland Road, Richards slammed quotes stating that Dias will replace club legend Vincent Kompany.
Ruben Dias made his much-awaited debut for Manchester City after joining from Benfica
Micah Richards has slammed claims that Dias will step in and replace Kompany straight away
He said: ‘I saw some quotes saying he (Dias) was going to replace Vincent Kompany, which I thought were absolutely ridiculous, because they’re putting too much pressure on the boy’s shoulders and he’s just 23.
‘We know of his quality and that’s a position that needs to be improved but don’t want to put too much pressure on him just to start with.
‘He looks like a Manchester City player for the way they want to play. If he can bring a bit of leadership then that’s what they need.’
Kompany left an indelible mark at the Etihad Stadium during his legendary 11-year spell at the club.
The 34-year-old went on to become a club legend and helped inspire them to four Premier League trophies before he left in 2019.
Manchester City struggled without the inspirational Belgian last season, losing nine games as they finished 18 points behind champions Liverpool.
Vincent Kompany’s prescence has been hard for Man City to replace since he left in 2019
Manager Pep Guardiola has made defence the focal point of the summer transfer window activity, signing Dias as well as Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.
Dias makes his debut after Manchester City made a number of errors during a 5-2 defeat to Leicester in their last Premier League game.
It is hoped he will build a formidable partnership with Aymeric Laporte at the heart of the club’s defence and help bring some leadership to what has been a frail City back-line in recent times.