Eliaquim Mangala has confirmed he was the subject of a late offer from Manuel Pellegrini, who wanted to bring him to Manchester City.
TalkSPORT.com reports that prior to signing Martin Demichelis from Atletico Madrid, the City boss was prepared to meet the massive £38million buy-out clause in Mangala's contract which would allow him to leave.
The 22-year-old Porto star has become a desirable property in recent times, having excelled in the Portugal since his move from Standard Liege in 2011, helping Porto to win two titles.
Mangala though has reiterated that he is happy to remain at his current club, despite big money offers coming in from the Premier League.
"Yes, there was an approach from Manchester City, but I'm fine at Porto. I have no problem with the transfer not happening," said the French international.
"I am very focused on what we can do this season. Honestly I have no problem what has happened. I'm happy in Portugal."
Manchester City were said to be hot on the tails of the young centre-back as Pellegrini looked to improve his defensive options. Having signed Demichelis from Atletico however, the interest in Mangala from the Etihad is expected to cool.
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