City complete Eliaquim Mangala deal; Pellegrini: One of Europe's best

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Manuel Pellegrini was excited to welcome former FC Porto centre back Eliaquim Mangala to the club, according to the latest Manchester City transfer news.

Eliaquim Mangala (pictured right with fellow Manchester City recruit Bacary Sagna) has completed his transfer from FC Porto to Manchester City today, Monday, for an undisclosed sum believed to be in excess of £30 million.

While Manchester City's transfer spending had previously been rather modest despite the acquisitions of Willy Caballero, Fernando, Frank Lampard, Bruno Zuculini and the aforementioned Sagna, the deal for Mangala represents a strong buy not only due to the price-tag involved, but also because it seemingly completes a first choice XI for manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Mangala brings balance to the City rearguard, as captain Vincent Kompany now has an elite-level defensive partner… a fellow stalwart who, in the words of Pellegrini, is one of the very best in Europe.

"I’m delighted to have added a player of Eliaquim’s quality in the squad ahead of the new season," the Chilean boss confirmed as per the club's official website.

"He is already a fine player but in my opinion, he has all of the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes to become one of Europe’s very best defenders. Eliaquim is a player I believe will make an immediate impact in the Premier League, thanks to his physicality, his reading of the game and quality on the ball.

“I think he will prove to be a great signing for us.”

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Said Mangala: "It was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress. I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here.

"The fact that Fernando is here is better because I played with him at Porto but there is also other players that I know like Sagna, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri."

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