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Atletico Madrid target Manchester City star Nicolas Otamendi

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi

Bengaluru, May 10: Spanish giants Atletico Madrid could hand Pep Guardiola another defensive worry by swooping for Nicolas Otamendi this summer.

The Spanish giants have confirmed Diego Godin will leave them at the end of the current campaign and they are in the market for a replacement.

And Otamendi is believed to figure on a list of possible signings after he fell down the pecking order at the Etihad.

Guardiola admitted earlier this week there is no agreement in place regarding skipper Vincent Kompany to stay with City next season. So there are question marks over the futures of two of his experienced defenders as the champions do their summer planning.

City will not want to lose both even though John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia are viewed as the centre backs for the long-term future.

Kompany, 33, is likely to be offered another year but the Belgian, who is still one of the club's top earners, would have to take a pay cut. Both Otamendi and Kompany are believed to be worried they will not get much game time next season and are keen to play regularly.

Meanwhile the Etihad skipper has given fellow centre back Stones a big vote of confidence - by naming him in his all-time City XI.

The £47 million England ace has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, with Guardiola leaning on the experience of Kompany instead.

But the former Hamburg man said: "I think he's the most gifted defender - and maybe not just a defender but package.

"He can play but he's improved a lot in his challenges and strength."

 
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Story first published: Friday, May 10, 2019, 12:55 [IST]
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