Valencia-based newspaper responds to Manchester United's interest in Otamendi

Mestalla Valencia

Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte believes Manchester United target Nicolas Otamendi does not want to leave the Mestalla Stadium and the club have no intention to sell.

According to a report in the Super Deporte, Valencia rejected a major bid for Nicolas Otamendi in the past week, with a coinciding report in the Daily Mail suggesting the bid was made by Manchester United.

The report by the Valencia-based newspaper went on to add: ‘’In any case it is the player who has no intention of leaving Valencia CF at this time, to the point that an offer would only be accepted in the event that the club needed money and was forced to sell. A situation which currently does not occur.’’

The 26-year-old, who spent four years at Porto before his summer move to Valencia, has enjoyed an outstanding debut season in La Liga and even scored the winning goal to end Real Madrid’s club record 22-match unbeaten run.

He has played the full 90 minutes in 18 of Valencia’s 19 league games and has been an integral part of what is currently the joint-third best defence in La Liga behind only Real Madrid and Barcelona.

As well as the rejected bid and Otamendi’s lack of desire to leave the club, the report also touched on the player’s release clause of €50 million, suggesting that club owner Peter Lim will not negotiate a price for the defender.

This would mean the release clause would have to be activated in order to make a transfer happen.

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