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Manchester City interest 'flatters' £30m Porto star

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FC Porto defender - and reported Manchester United and Chelsea target - Eliaquim Mangala admits he is flattered to have attracted interest from Manchester City, but remains happy playing in Portugal, reports Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer, with suggestions that he could be on his way to the Premier League.

New Red Devils boss David Moyes is thought to be keen to bring Mangala to Old Trafford, while Jose Mourinho is also monitoring the France international's development at Estadio do Dragao.

With a £40million buy-out clause written into his current contract, a move to England is not out of the question, though representatives at Stamford Bridge were unwilling to meet that valuation during the transfer window.

Manchester United also decided not to make a formal bid for the promising centre-back, but their local rivals over at the Etihad Stadium did have an offer knocked back.

Despite the fact that a move to Manchester City failed to materialise, Mangala is remaining upbeat about his future.

"I am delighted to continue and progress with Porto," he told Sky Sports. "I like the club and I never asked to leave and they were not willing to sell me in the first place.

"People talk about my valuation as high but it is not me who prices me. But it does not affect me, my job is to come and perform at my best on the green surface."

Asked specifically about reported interest from Manuel Pellegrini, Mangala added: "Man City is nowadays one of the big clubs in the world so you are always flattered by their interest in you."

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