Pep Guardiola confident Ruben Dias can emulate Man City legend Vincent Kompany

Pep Guardiola has backed Manchester City's record £65m signing Ruben Dias to have a huge impact on the team.

Guardiola spent two seasons monitoring Dias before luring him to the Etihad from Benfica after targeting him as the long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany.

The Portugal international began training with City on Thursday and could make his Premier League debut at Leeds this weekend.

City, who were trounced 5-2 at home to Leicester last weekend, have invested £105m in centre-backs this summer, with the arrivals of Dias and Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, to boost their defence.

Guardiola is convinced Dias, 23, will justify his massive price tag and go on to become an "incredible" player for the club.

The Spaniard said: "We know his personality and I'm pretty sure he will be an incredible player for this club for the next five, six, seven years.

"My compliments to the club for making this effort to get him, because now our back four is a young, young group.

"We've got John (Stones), we've got Ruben, Taylor (Harwood-Bellis), Nathan and Aymeric (Laporte), so it's a young team.

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"Ruben will start on Thursday to train with us and we'll try to get him ready as quickly as possible to play in the games."

Guardiola is keen to sign a new centre back before the summer transfer window closes on Monday – but is not confident of being able to add to his squad.

He added: "I think It will be over. I don't know, maybe someone will want to leave. So we will see what happens until the end."

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