Man City transfers: Eliaquim Mangala ‘flattered’ by Citizens interest

Man City transfers: Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala says he is flattered by interest from the Premier League runners-up

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Eliaquim Mangala says he is flattered by interest from Manchester City – but has reaffirmed his desire to stay at Porto.

The Citizens are short on options at centre-half after new signing Martin Demichelis was sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury, whilst Matija Nastasic, Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards are nursing problems.

Porto centre-half Mangala has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest prospects after impressing in Portugal, with Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain reported to be among his suitors.

The 22-year-old admitted he was happy to be linked with a club of City’s stature but the France defender sees his future at Porto.

“I am delighted to continue and progress with Porto,” Mangala told Sky Sports.

“I like the club and I never asked to leave and they were not willing to sell me in the first place.

“People talk about my valuation as high but it is not me who prices me. But it does not affect me, my job is to come and perform at my best on the green surface.”

He added: “Man City is nowadays one of the big clubs in the world so you are always flattered by their interest in you.”

Mangala has scored seven goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for Porto after moving to Portugal from Belgian outfit Standard Liege in 2011.

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