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Manchester City target set to stay at Porto

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FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala admits he is' flattered' to be linked to Manchester City, but the 22-year-old revealed he has no plans to leave Portugal.

"Man City is nowadays one of the big clubs in the world so you are always flattered by their interest in you," Mangala told Sky Sports.

But the French International also added: "I am delighted to continue and progress with Porto. I like the club and I never asked to leave and they were not willing to sell me in the first place'.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini considered a move for the central defender in this summer's transfer window in order to bolster his defensive options following Kolo Toure's switch to Liverpool.

Early season injury problems have plagued the Citizens defence, with skipper Vincent Kompany deemed unfit to play after suffering a groin problem during the opening day victory against Newcastle United.

Micah Richards is yet to play this season, and new signing Martin Demichelis has been ruled out for six weeks after the 32-year-old Argentine international damaged knee ligaments in training.

Mangala has insisted that he has no intention on moving clubs, and will look to play to a high standard for the Portuguese giants.

"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," he concluded.

The defender comes with a £38million release clause, so would be an expensive addition to any side. And, if the Etihad Stadium outfit do come calling again, Mangala is adamant he will rebuff any future offers.

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