MANCHESTER CITY star Ruben Dias says Manchester United legends Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were his childhood inspirations.
The Blues centre-back also hailed City legend Vincent Kompany and says there is no comparison between the Belgian and himself.
Dias is in sparkling form this season and is one of the first name's on Pep Guardiola's team-sheet.
City are aiming for a record 21 wins on the spin against Wolves on Tuesday night.
And speaking ahead of the game, Dias told United icon Ferdinand: "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."
Many in the game have also compared Dias to City's legendary centre-half and captain Kompany but the Portuguese international is having none of it.
He added: "Lots of people are comparing me to Vincent, ‘can I be the replacement?’.
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"I understand why people do it but honestly for me you cannot compare me to Kompany because of all that he has done.
"He won almost everything, if not everything, and for how long he was here you cannot compare him to anyone.
"Obviously things are going well for me, I have a lot of ambition and am here to win as are all my colleagues but I’ve just arrived and I have to make my own path.
"I think that’s the best way for me to show respect for me and for everyone else to show respect for what he did for this club."
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