Ar­gentina’s Ota­mendi signs on for Manch­ester City

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Ar­gentina de­fender Ni­co­las Ota­mendi has signed for Manch­ester City, the Premier League side an­nounced on Thurs­day af­ter a deal was agreed with his cur­rent side Va­len­cia.

The 27-year-old has signed a five-year con­tract although no fi­nan­cial de­tails of the trans­fer were re­leased.

Ota­mendi will bol­ster cen­tral de­fen­sive ranks at City that in­clude two fa­mil­iar faces in for­mer Porto team­mate Eli­aquim Man­gala and in­ter­na­tional col­league Martin Demiche­lis, as well as cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany.

Ota­mendi told the club’s web­site, “I am here to give my best, to fight game by game and push City to the high­est peaks for as long as pos­si­ble, and I wish we will be able to win sev­eral cups and ti­tles.

“That’s most im­por­tant. To be here in­side a club that looks so won­der­ful from the out­side is a dream.”

Va­len­cia were be­lieved to be hop­ing to use the sale of the player to write off part of the fee they still owe City for striker Al­varo Ne­gredo.

Ota­mendi joined the Span­ish club from Porto just a year ago. Ini­tial re­ports at the week­end claimed Va­len­cia wanted to off­set his loss by sign­ing Man­gala on loan in ex­change but City had no in­ten­tion of al­low­ing the French­man to leave East­lands.

City man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini said: “Ni­co­las Ota­mendi was ar­guably the best de­fender in La Liga last sea­son and so nat­u­rally I’m de­lighted to have added a player of his qual­ity.

“He is an es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional for one of the best na­tions in world football and I have no doubt that he has the right men­tal­ity to fit into a squad where he will find many fa­mil­iar faces, in­clud­ing Eli­aquim and Fer­nando who he played along­side in Por­tu­gal.

Ota­mendi has 25 caps for Ar­gentina and was a mem­ber of the side that reached the Copa Amer­ica fi­nal in the sum­mer along­side new City team-mates Demiche­lis, Ser­gio Aguero and Pablo Za­baleta.

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