Nicolas Otamendi comments on team-mate's Tottenham Hotspur links

Mestalla Valencia

Shkodran Mustafi has been linked with Spurs this week.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi in the summer. The club are rumoured to be keen on the German World Cup winner in a report by talkSPORT. They claim that Younes Kaboul is set to leave and there are uncertainties about Jan Vertonghen, which would make a central defender a major concern for the summer market.

The player of course has some experience of English football.

Everton snapped up the youngster from Hamburg in 2009 and played just one game for the club against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

But by January 2012 David Moyes had decided Mustafi would not cut it in the Premier League and let him join Italian side Sampdoria on a free transfer.

Since then he has improved vastly and is now a regular in the Valencia side in La Liga. So the 22-year-old would be a great addition to the Tottenham fold.

But his defensive partner is hoping he won't be on his way out of the club. Argentine international Nicolas Otamendi has told the Spanish press, as reported by Inside Spanish Football, that he is desperate for Mustafi to remain at the club:

“Mustafi is one of the defensive partners with whom I have felt the most comfortable at centre-back. I felt comfortable with Musta from the beginning, regardless of the language barrier, and as the matches go on we are getting to know each other even better. We understand one another very well because of the way he plays, and it just fits well.

“Musta has interest from other teams, but he looks very calm to me and focused on Valencia CF. He is always looking to put in good performances and that is reflected each week on the pitch. There are always rumours and always will be..."

Valencia no longer need money, so selling him is not a necessity for the Peter Lim owned side. It sounds as though Otamendi is confident that he will not be heading to Tottenham Hotspur and the reality of the situation is that he remains likely to stay with Los Che.

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