By Kevin Campbell

15th Sep, 2022 | 7:42am

Campbell issues '10-year' Ruben Dias verdict after insight from Man City teammate

Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on Man City defender Ruben Dias after insight from teammate Manuel Akanji.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker said Dias, 25, “controls” the City defence and “makes the players around him better.”

Dias was an unused substitute as Man City recovered from a goal deficit to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Wednesday (14 September).

Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake started the Champions League group stage fixture.

In an interview with The Athletic (12 September), Akanji revealed Dias “communicates a lot with everyone” when on the pitch.

The summer signing claimed “you do not see on TV” the extent to which Dias organises the player’s around him.

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When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Dias and his influence on Pep Guardiola’s side, Campbell said: “He’s a leader.

“He is somebody who controls people and makes the players around him better.

“Dias seems to be that type. It sounds like he is an organiser. He is the main man for City at the back.

“Look, it is important for Akanji to come out and tell you that. It shows you just how much respect Dias has from his teammates.

“We have seen it for a couple of seasons now with Dias. He hit the ground running. It is like he has been at City for 10 years.

“He is a very good player who is still relatively young. Pep seems to know what he is doing.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Man City have been handed an advantage over Liverpool in the title race after an official announcement.