Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Nicolás Otamendi commits his future to Manchester City until 2022

Nicolás Otamendi commits his future to Manchester City until 2022

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has officially pledged his long-term future to the club after signing a new four-and-a-half year contract that promises to keep him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2022.

The 29-year-old Argentina worldwide has made 118 appearances for City since arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Valencia in 2015 and won the League Cup in his first season in England.

United's comfortable 3-0 victory over Stoke City on Monday night closed the gap for Jose Mourinho's side to 12 points and Jones firmly believes the lead is not impossible to overhaul.

"I'm really happy to have extended my stay here by a couple more years", he said.

Otamendi feels very settled in a "beautiful city".

With 51 caps won for his country, he is nearly certain to be a vital member of Argentina's World Cup squad this summer, too.

Otamendi has started 22 of 23 Premier League matches for City this season as Pep Guardiola's men have taken a 12-point lead at the top of the table while conceding just 17 goals.

"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 we can". Pep has taught us how to do that. 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 every player.

City have been in imperious form, playing a scintillating brand of football while creating new domestic records. Since he got here I've learned a lot and I'm still learning as I said before and I'm trying to enjoy it.

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