Manchester City star Ruben Dias says watching Premier League centre-backs when he was growing up was his idea of a “dream weekend”.
Dias has enjoyed a superb first season in England following his £65million move to City from Benfica in the summer.
The centre-back – who has been an ever-present in City’s 21-game winning run – revealed his admiration for the Premier League greats he watched as a youngster.
Speaking to Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport, Dias said: “When I was a kid watching the Premier League was my dream weekend, I’ve watched many games with you, Vidic, Kompany, John Terry, an infinite list.
“From there you start learning and I learnt a lot from what I hear and what I see and just by watching I started to understand the league and the way you play.
“The thing that makes the big difference is how competitive it is. Here you get the challenge every game and I think that’s what makes the league different and if you’re successful it’s because you can solve it many times.”
Dias’ form has led to comparisons with City legend Vincent Kompany, but the 23-year-old insists he is his own man.
“I felt zero pressure – no one could put more pressure apart from the pressure I put on myself,” Dias added.
“People are comparing me to Vincent and I understand why people do it but honestly for me you cannot replace Kompany because of all that he’s done. I have a lot ambition, I want to win.”