Nicolas Otamendi could refuse to play for Valencia in Champions League qualifier

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Nicolas Otamendi is determined to leave Valencia as soon as possible, with it being suggested that he could refuse to play for the La Liga outfit in the Champions League play-offs. 

This has been reported by Marca, who claim that the centre-back would rather leave the club behind before they return for pre-season training on July 26. 

It appears, though, that if he fails to depart the Mestalla before the end of July, then he will focus on leaving before August 18, when his current side set to feature in the first-leg of the Champions League play off. 

It appears, then, that he doesn't want to be cup tied for Europe's elite competition, with the same report claiming that he's hoping to move to one of the big-boys in the Champions League.

Otamendi, of course, is recognised as one of the leading defenders in Europe right now, having secured his place in UEFA's version of the La Liga Team of the Year for the 2014/15 campaign. 

Huge interest 

Unsurprisingly, then, despite being valued at the €50 million mark, there has been a great deal of interest in his services, with the duo of Manchester United and Real Madrid seemingly interested in his signature. 

Manchester United, under the Louis van Gaal regime, struggled at times in the defensive department last season, often looking vulnerable with their key men failing to maintain their fitness. The quartet of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling all spent time out on the sidelines last term, with the latter impressing in the final stages of the season.  

Fine signing 

Otamendi, then, would no doubt improve the club's back-line, as they are seemingly in need of experience at the back. And, with Champions League football set to return to the club next season, Van Gaal will be hoping his side have a far more solid look about them. 

At 27-years of age, the Valencia man is certainly at the right age to make his move to the Premier League, and would prove quite the coup for the club despite his large price tag. Perhaps joining the Argentine duo of Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo would help him settle to life in England, too. 

United fans will just be hoping that Real Madrid don't male their move for the talented Argentine, but perhaps that would hand the Red Devils the opportunity to sign Sergio Ramos, who has himself been linked with a move to the club. 

Perhaps, though, the United hierarchy should make Otamendi the priority, as he'd arrive in England at the peak of his career. 

Manchester United fans: Do you want Otamendi to sign for your club? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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