FC Porto defender Elaquim Mangala has been linked with a variety of clubs but he recently told Goal.com that he would prefer Chelsea FC over Manchester City because Chelsea play in London. The Frenchman’s incredible performances for Porto have lead him to be linked to many of the top clubs in Europe and according to Mangala he was close to making a move to City in January. The Sky Blues primary position of need is centerback so Elaquim Mangala would be the ideal signing for them but hearing this may be unpleasant for them to hear.
Elaquim Mangala on his preference of clubs in England and when a possible move would happen:
“City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London. It is true that I love the Premier League because it is a spectacular championship. In January, there were discussions with City but it fell through because the two clubs could not reach an agreement. My goal now is the World Cup. We will see what happens after that. I told [agent] Jorge Mendes that I don’t want to know anything about the transfer window until then. Every player wants to play in the biggest clubs. I am an ambitious player and the team that can help me win titles is the one that interests me.”
Chelsea are remarkably well stocked at center back with John Terry and Gary Cahill partnering up for another year and they have youngsters Tomas Kalas, Andres Christensen, and Kurt Zouma waiting in the wings. Mangala is 23 and plays in a league where Chelsea have had success in bringing defenders over from (Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho) so he would be a fantastic signing if not a luxury one. Manchester City seems like the more likely destination despite what the player says about geographical preference and they would do well to add another potentially world class centerback to their ranks.
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