GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS,
Ruben Dias is the defensive leader Manchester City have craved to fill Vincent Kompany’s boots.
That is the view of former Etihad captain Richard Dunne, who has been hugely impressed by the winning mentality Dias has brought to the club.
He said: “I feel like City have been crying out for a leader since Vincent Kompany left.
“Even towards the end of his time at the club, when he didn’t play as often, you’d say it was a bit of a weak spot for City.
“But Dias coming in has changed all that.
“He’s the talker in that defence, the one who gets them organised, even though he’s younger than Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.”
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has not decided where his future lies yet with his Barcelona contract quickly running down.
The Argentine star, 33, is out of contract in the summer after nearly 20 years at the Nou Camp.
Messi has been linked with both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain ever since threatening to quit last summer.
But Goal have now claimed Messi has not held talks with ANY club, despite being free to do so since January 1.
And finally, Real Madrid have reportedly identified Massimiliano Allegri or club legend Raul to succeed Zinedine Zidane should they sack the Frenchman.
The 48-year-old is under huge pressure at the Bernabeu as the defending LaLiga champions currently sit in third place – ten points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
And according to Cadena Ser via Football Italia, Los Blancos are considering hiring either Allegri or Raul.
Allegri has been out of a job since stepping down as Juventus boss in 2019 after guiding the Old Lady to five consecutive Serie A titles.
In his time out of management, he has been linked with taking charge of the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
It has been claimed that the board of the Spanish club prefer hiring the experienced Allegri over Raul – who is currently at the helm of Real Madrid Castilla.