New deal: Man City defender Nicolas Otamendi signs contract extension until 2022

first_img1 Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has penned a contract extension until 2022, the Premier League leaders have announced.The Argentina international has played in all but one of City’s 23 league matches so far this season and has been among the goals too, finding the net six times – including the winner over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.Otamendi, 29, joined City from Valencia during the summer of 2015, having moved to Spain from Porto.The defender has become an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s side, which remained unbeaten in the Premier League until the 4-3 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.Otamendi feels very settled in a “beautiful city”. He said in an interview with CityTV: “At the club, I am really enjoying my experience since the first day I got here. I am very happy to be staying here a couple more years.“For the way I have improved, I am in a really good moment, but I can still improve. The players keep learning every day, and I try to be a better player after every single game.“The season is going really well and we want to keep going in that way. We are very focused on every single game, and afterwards we try to recover in the best way we can and be focused for the next.”The centre-back is top of the Premier League passes list, which he puts down to the systematic approach of the City manager.“I think that now I have an important role because the central defenders have to build-up with the ball and make the team work as best as we can. Pep has taught us how to do that.“From the first day you work with him, you learn from him – even being at home you are still learning from him.“Every movement, how you need to be positioned, how you can receive the ball, all this information is in your brain and this is very important for a football player. I am very happy to be playing this kind of football.”Otamendi added: “When a manager like Pep praises you, it means a lot. Since he got here, I have learnt a lot. I am still learning and I’m trying to enjoy it.“We are in a certain timeframe where we all enjoy his football – he is mad about sport and tactics. I am really enjoying it and am very grateful to him.” Nicolas Otamendi last_img

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