Eliaquim Mangala to Manchester City: French defender completes move from FC Porto
Mangala is reported to have cost defending champions around £32m
Monday 11 August 2014
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of French defender Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old becomes Manuel Pellegrini's sixth signing of the summer, joining former Porto team-mate Fernando, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Frank Lampard and Bruno Zuculini.
"City is a top club in Europe," said Mangala on the club's website. "For me, it was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress. I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here."
In the 3-0 defeat by Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley, Pellegrini started with Dedryck Boyata and Matija Nastasic in the heart of the defence.
But City looked poor without captain Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis, who were missing having only returned to training after an extended post-World Cup break.
City, who also allowed Joleon Lescott to leave, have been chasing the defender all summer and he can't start soon enough for the defending champions.
Mangala added: "I’m very happy to come to England because for me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. It is a very intense and very aggressive competition. There are plenty of goals, so it is also really nice to watch and I can’t wait to get started!
"The fact that Fernando is here is better because I played with him at Porto but there is also other players that I know like [Bacary] Sagna, [Gael] Clichy and [Samir] Nasri.
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"I am really looking forward to the challenge, and I now need to settle in quickly and be ready for the season."
Pellegrini said: "I’m delighted to have added a player of Eliaquim’s quality in the squad ahead of the new season.
"He is already a fine player but in my opinion, he has all of the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes to become one of Europe’s very best defenders.
"Eliaquim is a player I believe will make an immediate impact in the Premier League, thanks to his physicality, his reading of the game and quality on the ball.
"I think he will prove to be a great signing for us." Manuel Pellegrini said he was "delighted" to add Mangala to his squad
Mangala is a left-footed centre-back who can play on the left if needed. He is very quick and strong, and comfortable bringing the ball out of defence. Good in the air, Mangala will be a threat from set-pieces - he has scored 12 goals in the last two seasons in Portugal.
Born just outside of Paris, Mangala lived in Belgium as a youth and began his professional career with Standard Liege of the Pro League, where he won the title in 2009. He moved to Porto in 2011 and won two league titles in 2012 and 2013.
Mangala was in Didier Deschamps' World Cup squad in Brazil but did not make an appearance in the tournament.
He will wear the No 20 shirt for City next season.
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