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Manchester City: Eliaquim Mangala set for exit at last

Manchester City: Eliaquim Mangala set for exit at last

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala could be moved away from the club once again, with Valencia set to snap up the Frenchman once again.

According to Goal.com, Mangala is set to seal a move back to the Mestalla for a second spell with the La Liga club after spending the 2016/17 season with the Spanish outfit.

Mangala has been firmly out of favour at City ever since Pep Guardiola came into the club, and he was shipped out on loan again following his spell with Valencia as he moved to Everton, before injury curtailed any chance of progress he had at Goodison Park.

The French defender moved to City back in 2014 when the club splashed out around £32m on the player after he had impressed for Porto.

Clearly, things have never quite worked out for Mangala at the Etihad and when Guardiola arrived at the club, it was clear (the Daily Mail claimed the ex-Porto ace failed his audition under the iconic coach in 2017) from the off that the Spaniard had other plans when it came to his options and selections in the centre of defence.

In total, he’s only ever played 15 games under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, per Transfermarkt.

Mangala’s best season for City was way back in the 2014/15 campaign when he averaged an impressive 5.9 clearances per game during his first year in the English game. In comparison, City legend Vincent Kompany never hit those numbers during his last five years with the club.

Due to his lack of involvement, a move away is needed for the sake of his career. Indeed, this is a man who cost big-money only a few years ago now and it’s hard to see him ever getting much of a look-in at City, even without Vincent Kompany.

Perhaps a spell in Spain where he made the most appearances in a season since leaving Portugal could help him rediscover some of his best.

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