Despite being selected in last season’s PFA Team of the Year, Nicolas Otamendi has been left out of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City starting XI for much of the 2018/19 season to date, with the Aymeric Laporte and John Stones partnership blossoming.
The 30-year-old was imperious for the bulk of last season’s double-winning campaign and signed a new deal in the summer, but has started just three Premier League games this season, sitting on the bench for seven other fixtures, before missing the most recent two games through injury which forced him to withdraw from international duty wth Argentina.
Otamendi’s last Premier League appearance came in the 2-0 win over Brighton on September 29 – approaching two months ago. He has appeared since then against Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, but is short on match time for a player of his standing.
And according to The Sun, Otamendi is now hoping for talks with Guardiola to see if he has a future at City. The Argentine is happy at the Etihad, where he moved to from Valencia in 2015, but is seeking reassurances that he will get more game time soon.
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are known to admire Nico, who impressed during his time at Valencia, and could revive their interest should he be made available for transfer.
With the schedule becoming more intensive over Christmas, it does seem likely that Otamendi will get more minutes as Stones and Laporte can’t play every game, and that may be enough to satisfy ‘The General’ until the end of the season.