Nicolas Otamendi thinking only of Valencia

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Manchester United transfer target Nicolas Otamendi insists he's thinking only about Valencia when asked about rumours linking him with the Premier League.

Reports earlier this week claimed Otamendi had been the subject of a £26m bid by Louis van Gaal's Manchester United. But the Argentinian defender has confirmed that his future lies with Valencia until someone tells him differently.

"I am very happy here and today I only think about Valencia," Otamendi said as reported by Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

Under contract until the summer of 2019, Valencia are under absolutely no pressure to sell their star defender. The reported offer by United was swiftly rebuffed by the Spanish side, who see Otamendi as a critical part of their future.

Manchester United are in the market for a centre-back this month and have been linked with Mats Hummels and Otamendi at the top end of the market.

Otamendi would certainly be an expensive option for Van Gaal, who has not been impressed by the efforts of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

To be fair to the United boss, injuries have played a part and he has been forced to call on the likes of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair from the club's academy.

United's defensive record has actually been impressive this season, but the statistics disguise vulnerabilities at the back and Van Gaal will want to ensure he has options sooner rather than later.


Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand departed last summer and have not been replaced, although the arrival of Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon has helped.

Still, the Argentinian international is not a commanding centre-back, something United have lacked this season. Unfortunately, it does not look like Otamendi will be that player in the foreseeable future.

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