Tuesday, 11th February, 2014

Nicolas Otamendi found his desired move away from FC Porto last week with Valencia proving his saviours, and he has now turned up on loan at Atletico Mineiro.

Otamendi was confirmed as a Valencia player earlier this month and he will link up with the side from the summer onwards.

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Owing to Valencia being full-up on their non-EU quota, Otamendi has been sent out on loan to Mineiro, joining no less than Ronaldinho at the club.

Otamendi's name was confirmed in Mineiro's list of players for the defence of their Copa Libertadores title, while an official statement on the loan is still pending.


According to Argentine daily Ole, the loan to Mineiro was made for Otamendi through former Portugal and Chelsea midfielder Deco.

The 25-year-old had previously been eager to join Manchester United, but passport problems had scuppered the move in the winter transfer window.

And having joined Valencia, he told the club's website: "After playing at a club like Porto it is an honour for me to come now to a club like Valencia.

"It is one of the most historic clubs in Spain and Europe. I am very happy for this step in my career.

"I know that Argentines have been an important part in the history of Valencia. Wearing the same shirt that Mario Kempes, Ayala or Aimar once defended is a responsibility that I take with great joy and enthusiasm."

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