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Forget Stones: Man City must instead seek to get rid of this £13.5m-rated flop this summer

Man City supporters have been making all the noise as their side began life as Premier League champions with a rampant 5-0 victory over struggling Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s men were confirmed as champions last weekend following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom, and they again proved why they are the best team in England with a wonderful display in the North West on Sunday. Goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, and Gabriel Jesus secured a comprehensive win for the Citizens, thus moving them to 90 points and within five of the record set by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea back in 2005.

Consequently, there have been many jubilant and buoyant City fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can indeed break many Premier League records between now and the end of the season to further underline their dominance of the division this term.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their club could seek to offload defender John Stones this summer.

Yet the Premier League champions should forget about selling the England international, and instead seek to get rid of £13.5 million-rated flop (as per Transfermarkt) Eliaquim Mangala this summer.

Ultimately, the 27-year-old has failed to make a meaningful impact at City ever since his move to the club back in 2014, with just 79 first team appearances to show for his endeavours in the last four years.

In fact, the France international has been so low down the pecking order at the Etihad that he was shipped out on loan to Valencia for the entirety of last season, and indeed to Everton back in January of this year, although injury cut short that particular spell.

Yes, Mangala was called upon by Guardiola in the lead up to Christman such were his problems at centre back, yet the Frenchman did little to convince of his capabilities, with his difficulties perhaps one reason why the City chief went and spent £57 million on Aymeric Laporte.

And with Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany continuing to perform well at the heart of Guardiola’s backline, Mangala simply isn’t going to command regular football at the Etihad, and as such must be let go this summer in a bid to pursue with his career.

After all, England international Stones is only 23 and clearly has a bright future ahead of him, and while he may not be playing regularly at present, there’s little doubting that he and Laporte, also 23, look set to be the main men in Guardiola’s backline for many years to come.

Thus, it’s not Stones who the Premier League champions should be getting rid of this summer, it’s 27-year-old City teammate Mangala.

Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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