Manchester City sign Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala

Manchester City has announced the signing of France defender Eliaquim Mangala from Porto. Photo: PA Wire/PA Wire.

Manchester City has announced the signing of France defender Eliaquim Mangala from Porto. Photo: PA Wire/PA Wire.

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Manchester City has completed the protracted signing of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.

The 23-year old central defender was a target for Manuel Pellegrini in the January transfer window but they could not get the deal done.

However, having returned to negotiations at the end of the season City have now secured their sixth signing of the summer and Mangala will link up with Brazilian midfielder Fernando, whom the club signed from Porto in June.

"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," Mangala told mcfc.co.uk.

"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 are also other players that I know like (Bacary) Sagna, (Gael) Clichy and (Samir) Nasri."

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