Chelsea linked centre-back wins first international call-up in two years

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Nicolas Otamendi has earned a recall into Argentina's international squad.

Nicolas Otamendi was reported last month to have agreed to leave Porto to sign for Chelsea at the end of the season.

Spanish newspaper Marca ran the story back on October 3, but there was no announcement from the club and it appears to have dropped off the radar.

There may well be some action behind the scenes, but officially, there is no news on a move for the 25-year-old.

The centre-back has however been given some particularly good news, an international recall for the first time in more than two years.

With 15 previous caps to his name, Otamendi received the last of these in October 2011, which was a shock 1-0 loss to Venezuela.

Evidently a scapegoat for the defeat, he has been left out ever since until this week. 

The Argentine FA announced last night that Otamendi is included once again for two upcoming friendly matches against Ecuador and Bosnia.

Otamendi has been a key figure for Porto this season, and has even chipped in two assists.

If a deal to move to Chelsea is on the cards, then the Blues will receive a far more confident player next season who could yet have a key role to play at the World Cup.

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