City sign Eliaquim Mangala

By Ric Turner, Mon 11 August 2014 15:49

City sign Eliaquim MangalaDefender joins in deal worth £31.9m

City have finally confirmed the signing of Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto, for a fee rumoured to be just under £32m. The French international has signed a five year deal, and will wear the number 20 shirt. City have been chasing the defender since January, but a complication regarding third party ownership delayed the deal.

Mangala said: "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.

"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.

Manager Manuel 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."

Mangala is City's fifth signing of the summer, joining Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Willy Caballero, Bruno Zuculini and Frank Lampard at The Etihad.