DONE DEAL: Manchester City sign Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto
Manchester City have completed their sixth summer signing after confirming that Eliaquim Mangala has agreed to join the Citizens.
The Premier League champions had competition from their derby rivals Manchester City and league rivals Chelsea in signing FC Porto star. The French international has been linked with a move to both United and Chelsea, while Manuel Pellegrini’s side have long been interested in signing him.
City managed to beat both the Red Devils and the Blues in signing Mangala as they confirmed the transfer on Monday. A statement on City’s official website read, “Manchester City are delighted to announce the signing of Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto.”
“The 23-year old central defender becomes the sixth signing of the summer, and will quickly re-join his old Porto teammate Fernando at the Etihad Stadium. He will wear the no.20 shirt.”
Mangala has expressed his delight after agreeing terms to join City in the ongoing summer transfer window.
“City is a top club in Europe. 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,” Mangala said.
“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 Sagna, Clichy and Nasri,” he added.