City sign Nicolas Otamendi on a five year contract
By Ric Turner, Thu 20 August 2015 10:14
Deal thought to be worth £32m in total
City have confirmed the signing of Nicolas Otamendi on a five year deal. The Argentinian centre half joins from Valencia in a deal believed to be worth £32m in total, although the bulk of that fee was already owed to City as part of the Alvaro Negredo deal.
Otamandi becomes the fifth signing of the summer, following Raheem Sterling, Enes Unal, Patrick Roberts and Fabian Delph to the Etihad. The Blues hope to also complete the signing of Kevin De Bruyne this weekend.
Otamendi said: “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.”
Manager Manuel Pellegrini added: “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.
“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.”