Otamendi fuels further Man United talk ahead of potential Valencia departure

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Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi has backed his agent’s claims that the 27-year-old wants to leave Valencia this summer. 

Earlier this year Otamendi’s agent Eugenio Lopez spoke with Cadena Ser. “Nicolas told Salvo to his face that he wanted to leave Valencia in the summer,” Lopez stated.

“Nico is going to do everything to leave. There are a lot of conversations with clubs that want Otamendi. Nicolas loves everything at Valencia but, if the chance arose to leave, he’d do everything possible to make it happen.”

Now Otamendi himself, who is currently playing at Copa America 2015 alongside United stars Ángel Di María and Marcos Rojo, has supported his agent’s comments.

Speaking to ESPN at Argentina’s training camp, the ex-Porto man said his agent speaks with his blessing, but his focus now lies on the national team, leaving all transfer dealings to Lopez.

“Every word my agent says is obviously with my authorisation, with whoever he needs to speak with,” Otamendi said. ”At the moment, as I said, my head is fully with the national team, to be able to perform at the maximum when I get to play, and to enjoy this unique moment.”

“I had a chat with the [Valencia] president and my agent, and he knows very well what I want,” he stated. “But now I have told my agent that my head is here and I will leave it in his hands to do what he must do.”

These latest comments from the Manchester United target will do nothing to quell speculation over his future, who is said to have a €50M release clause.