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  • Argentina defender Otamendi joins Man City

    first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester City strengthened its defence for the team’s bid to regain the Premier League title by signing Argentina centre back Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia yesterday, taking spending this summer close to US$156 million.Otamendi signed a five-year deal and reportedly cost City about US$44.6 million. He became the fourth Argentina player in City’s squad, joining Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Sergio Ag¸ero.City have already signed England winger Raheem Sterling for a club-record US$76 million and also brought in England midfielder Fabian Delph as they look to reclaim the league trophy from Chelsea, and win it for a third time in five years.Otamendi is a tough central defender, who helped Argentina reach the Copa America final last month.”Nicolas Otamendi was arguably the best defender in La Liga last season, and so naturally, I’m delighted to have added a player of his quality,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said.”As a footballer, Nicolas has all of the qualities to be a success in the Premier League – he’s strong, he’s excellent in the tackle and he’s very good technically.”Otamendi will provide competition for Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, and Demichelis for a place at centre back, and faces a fight to make the starting team.Kompany and Mangala have begun the season well, keeping clean sheets in big wins over West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea as City moved top of the early standings.With Kompany being captain and back in form, Otamendi looks to be battling for a place with Mangala – his former teammate at Porto – and Demichelis.City have also been heavily linked with a bid for Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne as the club benefits from UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules restrictions being lifted.last_img read more


    first_imgJim McGuinness at Croke Park todayDUBLIN have been installed as favourites to win this year’s All-Ireland Championship after a dazzling display against Kildare at Croke Park this afternoon.Kildare had taken the lead, giving hope to neutrals everywhere, but a stunning second half display saw the Dubs romp home to a 4-16 to 1-09 victory.Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was at GAA headquarters to watch the match. Dublin will face Meath in the Leinster final after they overcame a dogged Wexford side.Meanwhile former Donegal manager Brian McIver led his Derry side to a seven point victory over Sligo this evening at Owenbeg – 0-15 to 0-08 the final score.Qualifiers – Round 1 30 Jun 2013 5pm Derry 0-15 – 0-08 Sligo Owenbeg30 Jun 2013 3pm Armagh 2-21 – 0-02 Wicklow Athletic Grounds29 Jun 2013 7pm Galway 1-12 – 0-11 Tipperary Pearse Stadium, Galway29 Jun 2013 7pm Longford 2-14 – 0-09 Limerick Glennon Brothers Pearse Park29 Jun 2013 3pm Westmeath 1-15 – 3-10 Fermanagh Cusack Park, Mullingar29 Jun 2013 3pm Offaly 0-08 – 1-27 Tyrone Tullamore 29 Jun 2013 3pm Louth 1-17 – 1-11 Antrim Drogheda28 Jun 2013 7:45pm Carlow 0-12 – 3-13 Laois Dr Cullen ParkJIM McGUINNESS AT CROKE PARK TO SEE DAZZLING DUBLIN TROUNCE KILDARE was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:JIM McGUINNESS AT CROKE PARK TO SEE DAZZLING DUBLIN TROUNCE KILDARElast_img read more