Manuel Pellegrini admits delight at Man City signing, drops hint over Kevin De Bruyne
Manuel Pellegrini has admitted his delight at signing Nicolas Otamendi with him hinting Manchester City are not yet finished – with Kevin De Bruyne’s move thought to be close.
City tied up the deal for the Valencia defender yesterday, who is believed to have cost City £32m. At his former club Porto he partnered Eliaquim Mangala at centre-back, who he will be trying to dislodge to get in the team.
The centre-back joins compatriots Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. He was part of the Argentina side that reached the final of the Copa America in Chile earlier this summer.
Otamendi is City’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrivals of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, Fabian Delph from Aston Villa and Patrick Roberts from Fulham.
And Pellegrini said it is important to have strong competition all over the pitch but that Otamendi will have to bide his time to get into the side.
“When you have good players you have possibilities. Players always give their best performances when they have important competition inside the squad, the Express quoted him as saying.
“We have now another centre back to go with Mangala, Kompany and Demichelis. We also have Denayer. We will see what happens with him. This season with the amount of games we must play it is important to have four centre-backs.
“At this moment, with the way we are playing, it is impossible to move Kompany and Mangala from their positions and all the rest of the players. They are in a good moment. We did not concede one goal in the last two games. We continue playing with the same players.
“But I think that we needed a centre back. We analysed different options and we decided that Otamendi was the best option so here he is.
“He will be a very important player. I think he is a very good player, he is improving. I know him from when he played in Porto with Mangala, both of them played against Malaga in the Champions League.
“Last season with Valencia he had a very good season. He is improving every year. He is a good header of the ball. That is important here in England.”
With City still chasing Wolfsburg’s De Bruyne, Pellegrini suggested they are ready to spend again before the transfer window closes.
He added: “The window closes on September 1. Before that nobody knows what will happen. All the teams have the same options to bring in another player or maybe not to bring in anyone. De Bruyne? I don’t talk about rumours. When things are finished, then I can talk about them.”