Want to know who the best Defensive Midfielders in Football Manager 2023 are? We've got a shortlist of all the best Defensive Midfielders with the highest ratings in FM23.

All FM23 Defensive Midfielders Guides:

These are the best Defensive Midfielders in Football Manager 2023 as rated by their current ability. Each Defensive Midfielder has a perfect dm rating meaning they are naturals at playing as a Defensive Midfielder. However not all of them will improve, if you want players that have the potential to improve still check out the list of wonderkid Defensive Midfielders below.

Name Age Position Wage Value Cost Expires Rating Potential
Joshua Kimmich 27 D/WB R, DM £289k £99m £238m 30-06-2025
Rodri 26 D C, DM £160k £300m 30-06-2027
Thiago 31 DM, AM C £225k £300m 30-06-2024
Casemiro 30 DM £300k £181m £300m 30-06-2026
Frenkie de Jong 25 D C, DM £232k £116m £256m 30-06-2026
Declan Rice 23 D C, DM £60k £80m £106m 30-06-2024
Thomas Partey 29 DM £160k £186m £300m 30-06-2025
Koke 30 DM, M RLC £264k £129m £276m 30-06-2024
Jorginho 30 DM £110k £149m £300m 30-06-2024
Fabinho 28 D RC, DM £180k £76m £75m 30-06-2026
Sergio Busquets 33 DM £199k £21m £21m 30-06-2023
Jo√£o Palhinha 27 DM £60k £60m £76m 30-06-2027
Guido Rodr√≠guez 28 DM £42k £44m £56m 30-06-2024
Stanislav Lobotka 27 DM £42k £41m £86m 30-06-2025
R√ļben Neves 25 DM £60k £63m £79m 30-06-2024
Isma√ęl Bennacer 24 DM £122k £43m £106m 30-06-2027
Danilo Pereira 30 D C, DM £74k £81m £78m 30-06-2025
Kalvin Phillips 26 DM £160k £42m £40m 30-06-2028
Manuel Ugarte 21 DM £17k £44m £55m 30-06-2026
Georginio Wijnaldum 31 DM, AM LC £182k £35m £33m 30-06-2024
Edson √Ālvarez 24 D C, DM £33k £36m £87m 30-06-2025
Teun Koopmeiners 24 DM £32k £23m £28m 30-06-2025
Geoffrey Kondogbia 29 DM £107k £24m £23m 30-06-2024
Hidemasa Morita 27 DM £15k £25m £31m 30-06-2026
Jo√£o Moutinho 35 DM, AM C £100k £5m £6m 30-06-2023
Fernandinho 37 DM £26k £300m 31-12-2024
Denis Zakaria 25 DM £50k £14m £13m 30-06-2026
Emre Can 28 D RC, DM £141k £21m £20m 30-06-2024
Mart√≠n Zubimendi 23 DM £30k £36m £97m 30-06-2027
Manuel Locatelli 24 DM £92k £32m £38m 30-06-2023
√Čtienne Capoue 34 DM £31k £300m 30-06-2024
Stephen Eust√°quio 25 DM £16k £16m £32m 30-06-2027
Boubacar Kamara 22 DM £100k £55m £66m 30-06-2027
Ibrahim Sangar√© 24 DM £34k £25m £18m 30-06-2027
Lucas Torreira 26 DM £57k £8m £10m 31-05-2026
Bryan Cristante 27 DM £92k £27m £54m 30-06-2027
Allan 31 DM £81k £29m 31-05-2024
Axel Witsel 33 D C, DM £103k £11m £10m 30-06-2023
Fernando 34 DM £30k £300m 30-06-2024
Idrissa Gueye 32 DM £130k £300m 30-06-2024
Ali Al Musrati 26 DM £7k £22m £26m 30-06-2026
W√≠lmar Barrios 28 DM £42k £14m £28m 30-06-2026
Douglas Luiz 24 DM £65k £40m £47m 30-06-2026
Florentino Lu√≠s 22 DM £20k £32m £97m 30-06-2027
Sofyan Amrabat 25 DM £32k £13m £13m 30-06-2024
Julian Weigl 26 DM £66k £19m £17m 30-06-2024
Ellyes Skhiri 27 DM £25k £9m £9m 30-06-2023
Unai Vencedor 21 DM £23k £171m £300m 30-06-2027
Oriol Romeu 30 DM £45k £11m £12m 30-06-2025
Danilo Cataldi 27 DM £43k £14m £28m 30-06-2024
Wilfred Ndidi 25 DM £80k £37m £37m 30-06-2024
Salih √Ėzcan 24 DM £66k £15m £18m 30-06-2026
Renato Tapia 26 D C, DM £11k £6m £6m 30-06-2024
David L√≥pez 32 D C, DM £58k £4m £4m 30-06-2023
Nemanja Matińá 33 DM £73k £3m £3m 30-06-2023
Oliver Skipp 21 DM £50k £35m £80m 30-06-2027
Remo Freuler 30 DM £45k £23m £26m 30-06-2025
Mahmoud Dahoud 26 DM £66k £10m £9m 30-06-2023
Hugo Guillam√≥n 22 D C, DM £7k £29m £86m 30-06-2026
Grzegorz Krychowiak 32 DM £50k £6m £7m 30-06-2024
Corentin Tolisso 27 DM, AM C £83k £15m £29m 30-06-2027
Thomas Delaney 30 DM £66k £12m £24m 30-06-2025
Javi Mart√≠nez 33 D C, DM £24k £28m

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