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Thursday 8 December 2016

City star Otamendi: 'I'm at the top of my game'

Manchester City sign Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi
Manchester City sign Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi

Nicolas Otamendi reckons City have bought an international defender "at the top of my game".

The £31.5million new boy is set to join the travelling party to Merseyside for Sunday's clash with Everton - but knows he faces a fight to win a place in a team he says produced a "perfect" display against Chelsea.

Otamendi has promised the Blues' faithful one thing - they will get 100 per cent from him in every game.

And, with his muscular approach, uncompromising attitude and steely glare, the 27-year-old former Valencia man has "cult figure" written all over him.

Pace

"I am a player who loves fighting for every ball, I try to play hard to win every ball," said Otamendi, whose combination of pace, solidity and nous earned him a big reputation in La Liga.

"That's something basic for a defender. I give all I have in every game.

"On the pitch I am a player with a lot of personality. I like to have all the lines well organised in defence to allow the midfielders and strikers to attack without worries. I like to keep defensive order in the team.

"With the important players we have in attack, it's a big help to stay ordered to avoid conceding goals.

"Throughout the years, I have gained experience and have learnt a lot of things about football.

"Today I am at an age where I have to keep learning new things, but I feel that I am in one of the best moments of my career, at the top of my game."

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