‘Otamendi desperate to leave Valencia’

The agent of Nicolas Otamendi has claimed that the defender “will do everything he possibly can to leave” Valencia this summer.

The Argentine joined Los Che for €12m in January 2014 and has since developed into a key performer at Mestalla, culminating in the side’s successful pursuit of Champions League qualification this season.

However, Eugenio Lopez has now made it clear that his client is desperate to seek a move away before the start of the 2015-16 campaign, amid links with the likes of Manchester United in recent months.

“Nico will do everything he possibly can to leave [Valencia],” he told Cadena SER.

“Jorge Mendes [right-hand man of Valencia owner Peter Lim] already knows that Nico wants to leave Valencia.

“He’s comfortable at Valencia and with the fans but needs a greater challenge in his career.

“Nico said he wanted to leave to [President] Amadeo [Salvo’s] face two months ago.

“I was very surprised Nico told me that [sporting director Francisco] Rufete had said he didn’t want to leave. He wasn’t telling the truth.

“I’ve held many discussions with several clubs who want Otamendi. There’s no proposal [from Valencia] to improve Nico’s contract and we won’t wait any longer.”

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