Nicolas Otamendi reveals Argentinian influence over Man City choice

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The former Valencia defender has stated that he is settling in well at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City new boy Nicolas Otamendi has stated that a key reason that he chose to join the Premier League outfit was down to the number of his countrymen at the club already, as per The Express.

The no-nonsense centre-half moved to the Etihad Stadium from Valencia in the summer, bolstering Manuel Pellegrini’s options at the heart of the team’s defence.

Otamendi was a dominant force in La Liga last season, with transfer rumours flying around about him joining a number of top European teams.

However, the South American has stated that the presence of compatriots Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero had a decisive influence in him choosing to switch to City.

“The fact that there are a lot of Argentinians in the dressing room was very, very important,” The Express quote Otamendi as saying.

“I think that in football whenever you get the chance to share a dressing room with someone that you know, have worked with, or have played with before, that can be quite decisive when making a decision as to where to make a move.

“I had a chat with ‘Kun’ [Aguero] and in fact it was he who told me first of City’s interest. When that interest became more firm I had talks with the manager Manuel Pellegrini. That’s when it became more of a concrete idea and he was instrumental in talking to me to bring me to the club.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute since I’ve arrived here. I have to say that I’ve settled very well within the group since the first moment. That’s because I’ve been treated in an excellent way by everybody who is part of things here.”

City have struggled to find a consistent partner for club captain Vincent Kompany at the heart of their rearguard in recent years, with a number of players trying and failing to plug the gap.

Otamendi has international colleague Demichelis and Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala for company in contesting a starting berth at City, who travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur later today.

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