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Express: Mangala 'flattered' by City link

  • 10 September 2013 10:25
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

If City are planning any January transfer window moves, one alleged target seems happy to be linked with a move to the Etihad.

Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala was a reported target for the Blues towards the end of the last window and the Daily Express believe a potential move could still take place.

James Dickenson writes: “Porto defender Mangala has admitted he was left 'flattered' by interest from Manchester City this summer.

“City boss Manuel Pellegrini was on the lookout for cover at centre-back towards the end of the transfer window, after injuries to captain Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic.

“Pellegrini considered a late move for Mangala, but City were put off by the 22-year-old's £30m valuation.

“And with initial target Mangala admitting he would be keen on a move to the Etihad Stadium, City could be set to return with a big-money offer in January.

‘Man City is nowadays one of the big clubs in the world so you are always flattered by their interest in you,’ said Mangala. ‘But I am delighted to continue and progress with Porto.

‘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.’”

Sky Sports meanwhile report that Malaga keeper Willy Caballero has claimed his former boss Pellegrini was keen to bring him to England in the summer.

The 31-year-old apparently feared he would be behind Joe Hart in the pecking order at City so instead signed a new four-year deal with Malaga.

The report quotes Caballero saying: "I talked with Pellegrini before he left Malaga. I knew of his intention to take me with him to Manchester City.

"But I was unsure whether he would stick with the same keepers he had already."

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