£36m Man United target ‘doesn’t want’ move

Manchester United’s summer plans to lure Nicolas Otamendi to Old Trafford have been dealt a blow, with Valencia’s general manger, Francisco Rufete, claiming the defender is happy to stay put.

Reports in recent times have linked the Red Devils with a release clause-triggering £36m offer for the centre-back, who has been one of Los Che’s top performers this term.

Valencia look on course to re-enter the Champions League after a lengthy absence, as they sit three points clear of Sevilla with two La Liga games remaining.

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Otamendi’s rugged performances at the back have been key in the club’s climb, and Rufete believes that the 27-year-old is eager to stay:

“Nobody has said that Otamendi wants to go, and this is not what he said either.” He is quoted by talkSPORT.

“We have to make good decisions but the important thing is the player, and there is no situation where Nico said something different from ‘I want to be here’.”

United’s interest in Otamendi dates back to January, when they had a bid for his signature knocked back.

The South American rose to prominence at Porto between 2010 and 2014, when Valencia signed him.

He spent some of last season on loan at Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.