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Manuel Pellegrini Speaks About Otamendi Capture

Manuel Pellegrini speaks about the signing of Nicholas Otamendi

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Manchester City completed the signing of Nicholas Otamendi from Valencia Thursday for a reported £34m (which means about £10m in net spending once the money Valancia owes the Blues for Alvaro Negredo is factored in) making him the fifth first team center back at the club. Manager Manuel Pellegrini made the following comments about his signing:

"Nicolás 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 [Mangala] and Fernando who he played alongside in Portugal.

"As a footballer, Nicolás 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."

Otamendi's signing likely means that Jason Denayer will be loaned out again. The 20 year-old Belgian spent last season on loan with Celtic where he excelled. Ironically Denayer's position at Celtic has been replaced by another Belgian product of the MCFC system, Dedryck Boyata.