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Eliaquim Mangala wants move to Chelsea instead of Manchester City

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Chelsea have been handed a rather large boost by one of their own prospective transfer targets, with Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala having admitted that he would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge over a switch to Premier League rivals Manchester City.

The Citizens have been heavily linked with the £35 million-rated defender in recent months, with Mangala having shown his credentials with a strong domestic and European campaign fir the Portuguese club.

However, while you would think that Manchester City's 2013/14 title-winning campaign would have been enough to elevate them above Chelsea in the transfer pecking order - at least temporarily, anyway - it seems that the latter's location in the capital holds significant allure for the 23-year-old.

"City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London," the player told BeIN Sports in an interview that was quoted by Goal.com.

"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."

And while Mangala - who has been included in the French squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil - appears keen on a transfer to one of European football's most-reputable clubs, it seems that he is not contemplating any move until the tournament is over.

"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."

Jose Mourinho can already proudly lay claim to arguably the most robust and reliable centre-back pairing in the Premier League in the form of Gary Cahill and John Terry, but with speculation increasing over a potential exit for Brazilian international David Luiz, Chelsea could well have a pressing need for Mangala's services soon.

Manchester City, meanwhile, can also boast one of the Premier League's best defenders in experienced 'skipper Vincent Kompany, yet the club appear to have had a problem finding him a capable long-term accomplice in recent years.

Matija Nastasic has show fleeting glimpses of quality but has struggled with injury, Martin Demichelis' faults have been well-documented in the media while Joleon Lescott looks set to leave the Etihad Stadium when his contract expires this summer.

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