Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi joins Manchester City

Manchester: Manchester City on Thursday announced the signing of defender Nicolas Otamendi on a five-year deal.

The Argentine international follows England winger Raheem Sterling and midfielder Fabian Delph to City and will wear the No.30 shirt, the club announced in a statement.

Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi joins Manchester CityNicolas Otamendi. Pic/AFP

Otamendi leaves Spanish club Valencia. He was part of Argentina's runners-up campaign in the 2015 Copa America.

Otamendi said, "I am here to give my best, to fight game by game and push City to the highest peaks for as long as possible, and I wish we will be able to win several cups and titles. That's the most important. To be here inside a club that looks so wonderful from the outside is a dream."

Manager Manuel Pellegrini added, "Nicolas Otamendi was arguably the best defender in La Liga last season and so naturally I'm delighted to have added a player of his quality.

"He is an established international for one of the best nations in world football and I have no doubt that he has the right mentality to fit into a squad where he will find many familiar faces, including Eliaquim and Fernando who he played alongside in Portugal.

"As a footballer, Nicolas has all of the qualities to be a success in the Premier League - he's strong, he's excellent in the tackle and he's very good technically. I am sure he will become another Argentine player our fans will enjoy watching."

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