Manchester City has bolstered its defense by bringing in Nicolas Otamendi from Spanish side Valencia. The deal will set City back £32 million.
The 27-year-old Argentine international joins City after spending the last season with Valencia in La Liga. Otamendi got his breakthrough during his four years with FC Porto in the Portuguese league.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini spoke to mcfc.co.uk about his new signing.
“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,” said Pellegrini.
“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.
“As a footballer, Nicolas has all of the qualities to be a success in the Premier League – he’s strong, he’s excellent in the tackle and he’s very good technically.
“I am sure he will become another Argentine player our fans will enjoy watching.”
Otamendi will compete with his former Porto teammate Eliaquim Mangala for the starting spot next to Vincent Kompany in the City lineup. Otamendi was excited to put on the light blue jersey as he spoke to City’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 the most important. To be here inside a club that looks so wonderful from the outside is a dream.”
Otamendi has 25 caps for the Argentine national team and was voted into the La Liga Team of the Year last season.