Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi has hinted that he could be on the move this summer, but has denied reports claiming that he had an ulterior motive after posting a photo with Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria.
As reported by ESPN, Otamendi, who has also been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, has admitted that he's had a conversation with his agent and the president of Valencia outlining exactly what he wants to do in the upcoming transfer window.
Despite hinting at a move away from Valencia, Otamendi went on to insist that his photo alongside Di Maria wasn't 'a big deal'. Unsurprisingly, the photo took Twitter by storm, with Manchester United fans hoping to see the duo team up on the club scene in the 2015/16 campaign.
The defensive ace told ESPN: "The truth is that I am enjoying being with the national team, at the Copa America, where there is a lot of responsibility to wear the jersey. I spoke at the time with my agent, and Valencia know very well what I want.
"Every word my agent says is obviously with my authorisation, with whoever he needs to speak with. At the moment, as I said, my head is fully with the national team, to be able to perform at the maximum when I get to play, and to enjoy this unique moment."
"I had a chat with the president [Salvo] and my agent, and he knows very well what I want," he said. But now I have told my agent that my head is here [in Chile] and I will leave it in his hands to do what he must do."
Despite denying claims over an ulterior motive with the Di Maria photo, Otamendi admitted that he's enjoying being with the Manchester United man, as well as Red Devils star Marcos Rojo and the duo of Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi.
He continued by saying: "Well, it's not such a big deal. I am enjoying being with Di Maria, Rojo, [Carlos] Tevez, [Lionel] Messi and many other big players here."
United in need
One thing's for sure, despite improvements towards the end of the last campaign, Manchester United's back-line is in need of improvement ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. At the end of the day, if Louis van Gaal and Co. are serious about maintaining a Premier League title challenge next season, then the club are in need of a world-class, established centre-back.
Otamendi, then, who has enjoyed great success on both the club and international scene, could be the man Manchester United are looking for. And with fellow countryman Marcos Rojo also in the United back-line, it should be fairly easy for the Valencia star to settle at the Theatre of Dreams.
One centre-back signing and an addition at right-back should be enough for Van Gaal in the defensive department this summer.
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