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Nicolas Otamendi will not play in Valencia's Champions League Opener

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Nicolas Otamendi will be omitted from tomorrow's Champions League game by Valencia

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Valencia coach Nuno has dropped Defender Nicolas Otamendi for the club's UEFA Champiions League 3rd Round (play-in) game on Wednesday against AS Monaco. Otamendi is a transfer target for both Manchester United and Manchester City with published reports in the last 48 hours indicating that the Blues are the front runners for his services. Valencia will keep Otamendi from being cap-tied for the season by not playing him.

Nuno said about Otamendi:


"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."

Were Otamandi to feature tomorrow for Valencia he could not play in the Champions League for another club this season.