Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nic's New Deal [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nic's New Deal [City Region]

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NICOLAS Otamendi aims to celebrate his new City contract by setting a personal record.

The Blues defender has been rewarded for his spectacular form this season with an improved deal aimed at keeping him at the club until 2022.

And while his main aim is to maintain the sturdy defence, and passing accuracy, which have made him a class act this season, he also has one eye on his goals tally, which stands at five.

Said Otamendi: "You always want to break your own records. When I was playing at Valencia I scored six goals, and my aim is to reach that amount of goals again, but my main aim is to defend and then if I score goals they are also welcome."

What has impressed Pep Guardiola most this season has been Otamendi's passing - he is in the top five for accuracy in the Premier League, despite regularly attempting forward and longdistance passes. …

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