Otamendi joins Manchester City

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Manchester City have confirmed the signing of centre-back Nicolas Otamendi on a five-year deal from Valencia.

The 27-year-old Argentina international has 25 caps for his country and moves to England after impressing for Los Che in La Liga last season, having previously played for Velez Sarsfield, Porto and Atletico Mineiro in Argentina, Portugal and Brazil respectively.

"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 City manager Manuel 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 [Mangala] 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."