Monday 24 October 2016

Valencia drop Otamendi ahead of City deal

Nicolas Otamendi
Nicolas Otamendi

Valencia coach Nuno has dropped Nicolas Otamendi for tonight's Champions League play-off first leg against Monaco amid reports the Argentinian defender is on the verge of joining Manchester City.

Spanish sports newspaper Marca claim Valencia and City has been reached an agreement for the transfer of Otamendi to the Blues outfit for a reported 45million euros - but the Premier League club are yet to comment

The 27-year-old, who is also a reported target of City's Manchester rivals United, is under contract with the Spanish club until June 2019 but intends to leave Valencia this summer.

When asked about Otamendi's exclusion from the squad for Wednesday's match at the Mestalla stadium, Nuno told the Spanish press: "I understand and it's logical that you want to ask me about Otamendi's situation as he is in the news.


"But I ask to respect this press conference as there is nothing more important that tomorrow's game against Monaco.

"For a few days now we have prepared for this game without the option of using Otamendi and tomorrow's game is crucial for us.

"We have confidence in those that are here.

"Once everything is resolved, we will make decisions and the club will announce everything."

Otamendi joined Valencia last summer from FC Porto and scored six goals in 25 league appearances to help Los Che finish fourth in La Liga this past season.

The highly-rated centre-back was also a member of the Argentina team that finished runners-up to Chile in the Copa America finals last month.

Valencia are hoping to return to play in the Champions League group stages after a two-year absence.

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