Central Argentine was hired by the club of Luz and returns to Portugal six years after leaving FC Porto.
Nicolás Otamendi was confirmed on Sunday night as a reinforcement for Benfica. The 32-year-old Argentine, signed a contract until 2023 and returns to Portugal six years after leaving FC Porto.
In 2010, with André Villas-Boas at the helm of the dragons, the Argentine defender was announced as reinforcement of the blue and white team, coming from Vélez Sarsfield, from his native country.
In the first season, he divided the expenses of the backslidden with Rolando and Maicon, ending up adding 32 official matches, in which he scored six goals. He was part of the golden season (2010/11) of the blue and white club, winning I Liga, Portuguese Cup and Europa League.
They were the first of Otamendi’s eight titles at FC Porto – three championships, one Portuguese Cup, three Super Cups and one Europa League – in a match that would end in 2014 (125 official matches), when he moved to Atlético Mineiro, from Brazil . This was followed by the experience in Spain, with a season at Valencia (2014/15), with millionaire Manchester City signing Otamendi in 2015.
After five seasons at the Premier League club – 11 goals in 210 official matches -, Otamendi returns to Portugal through Benfica, who faced FC Porto on seven occasions: he won four, drew two and lost one of the games.