NICOLAS OTAMENDI is readying himself to depart Manchester Metropolis this summer time as he searches for an everyday beginning function.
The 31-year-old has made 31 appearances for Metropolis this season however has discovered himself out of the beginning XI for his or her final 4 Premier League fixtures.
The vary of choices open to supervisor Pep Guardiola within the centre of defence has left Otamendi seemingly neglected in latest weeks.
He was an unused sub within the Champions League quarter-final second leg, when Metropolis had been knocked out by Tottenham on away objectives regardless of an exhilarating Four-Three victory.
Guardiola has most well-liked to accomplice Frenchman Aymeric Laporte with both membership captain Vincent Kompany or England’s John Stones since Otamendi’s final league begin.
That got here within the 2-Zero victory away at Fulham on March 30, though Otamendi then began alongside Laporte within the FA Cup semi-final win over Brighton per week later.
The Argentinian was a central determine in Metropolis’s record-breaking run final season, once they set a Premier League document of 100 factors to carry the trophy with 5 video games to spare.
He made 46 appearances in 2017-18 and even chipped in with 5 objectives, together with the winner in opposition to home rivals Manchester United at Outdated Trafford.
His performances noticed him named within the PFA Staff of the Yr, that includes alongside fellow Metropolis defender Kyle Walker following their standout season.
Otamendi joined Metropolis from Valencia in 2015 and a return to Spain has been mooted as a potential route out of the Etihad for the want-away defender.