Nicolas Otamendi has bid an emotional farewell to Manchester Metropolis after sealing a transfer to Benfica.
The defender’s five-year spell at Metropolis has come to an finish as he heads to Portugal on a everlasting deal, with Ruben Dias transferring in the other way.
Otamendi made 210 appearances for the membership, scoring 11 targets alongside the best way. The Argentine additionally gained each main honour in English soccer – two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, 4 League Cups, in addition to two Neighborhood Shields.
“They had been 5 great years – not simply in a footballing sense but additionally at a membership the place they deal with you in one of the best ways doable, from the cooks to the kitmen, by to the backroom employees,” he advised CityTV.
“I’ve labored underneath two totally different units of backroom employees, and I’ve to offer my due to all of them, since you be taught a lot from every of them.
“At present I’m so grateful for being a part of this five-star membership.
“We’ve gone by totally different phases, however it has all been optimistic. I’ve had the chance to win two Premier Leagues, to win the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup and the Neighborhood Defend.
“Should you win titles, it’s since you’re doing issues properly. I’m completely satisfied to have loved these moments and I’m greater than grateful.”
The tough-tackling centre-back added: “In fact among the favorite reminiscences will all the time be the titles gained, they’re so essential.
“However my favorite reminiscence will probably be with the individuals who work right here. Since I arrived with my household, they had been all the time there for us and that’s so essential.
“From Txiki, who was right here to welcome me to the membership, and Ferran, that’s all priceless.
“What the membership does for the gamers in order that we don’t want something, so our households are snug, so our kids are completely satisfied in school – it takes a weight off the shoulders of the gamers, and people issues are crucial for me.”
Otamendi additionally had a departing message for the Metropolis followers.
“I wish to present my gratitude,” stated the 32-year-old. “Since my arrival they’ve all the time handled me properly, from the individuals who stumble upon me in a service station or in a grocery store, they’ve all the time been so form, saying good issues to me.
“I hope they’re completely satisfied, I gave every thing I may to the Membership, and I hope the success retains coming.
“I ship all my like to the followers.”