Real Madrid Transfer News: Nicolas Otamendi's Agent Comments on Los Blancos

Chris LakerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City attempts to volley the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi would jump at the chance to sign for Real Madrid, his agent has suggested.

Otamendi signed for City from Valencia in a £32 million deal in August 2015. He remains well-regarded in Spain, and the 29-year-old's agent, Martin Sendoa, refused to rule out a return to La Liga, per Radio Continental (h/t Jon Fisher of Goal).

"Nico is happy at Manchester City. But who wouldn't like to play at Real Madrid? It's the biggest club in the world," Sendoa said.

"Pepe is leaving Real Madrid and Otamendi fits the profile they are looking for. Jorge Mendes [Cristiano Ronaldo's agent] is managing Otamendi in Europe. Barcelona have also followed him since he was at Valencia."

Otamendi has arguably struggled to adapt to the pace and high-octane demands required in the Premier League since his move from the Mestalla Stadium.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  Ross Barkley of Everton is tackled by Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on January 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Liv
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Ben Nagle of Sky Sports noted after his switch to England that the defender would "slot straight in to the City back line" as he was a player "at the peak of his powers."

He was signed by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini and endured a disappointing first season at the club. However, he has shown some improvement this season under Pep Guardiola, who has started him in 19 of City's 25 league matches, per Transfermarkt.

In Spain, Otamendi enjoyed a fine campaign with Valencia and had a knack of getting goals, scoring six times in the 2014-15 season. But that threat from set pieces hasn't transferred to City, and he has netted just once over two seasons in Manchester.

While Guardiola may expect a little loyalty for showing his faith in the centre-back, it would be no surprise if the lure of another stint in Spain appealed to Otamendi, particularly should one of the top two follow up on the reported interest.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 08:  Nicolas Otamendi of Valencia looks on prior to the pre-season friendly match between Valencia CF and AS Roma at Estadio Mestalla on August 8, 2015 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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If Zidane were to capture Otamendi, it is likely he'd be used to provide cover behind Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane rather than as first choice at the Santiago Bernabeu. His style is perhaps better suited to Spanish football than the Premier League, and he would reasonably expect to readjust quickly.

Otamendi has a commanding aerial presence and is comfortable on the ball—a big requirement for Guardiola as he continues to mould City into his preferred, possession-based playing style.

But it's likely the former Barca boss would be helpless if the Argentina international with 40 caps to his name were to opt to call time on a somewhat underwhelming career in England.

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