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Eliaquim Mangala would favour Chelsea switch

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Manchester City could miss out in the race for one of Europe's hottest young talents after Eliaquim Mangala said he'd prefer a move to Chelsea.

The Porto defender came close to joining City in January but he's suggested a move to London interests him more.

Despite Manchester City recently being crowned Premier League champions, Mangala would prefer to link up with Jose Mourinho, and he explained his choice to Bein Sports.

Quoted in The Telegraph, Mangala said: "City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London.

"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.

"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."

Mangala is one of the most sought-after defenders in European football after a string of impressive performances for Porto.

The defender joined the Portuguese club in 2011 and his club form saw him rewarded with a call up to the French national team earlier this season.

After two appearances for Les Bleus he's been named in Didier Deschamps World Cup squad, and Mangala insisted that he'll put transfer talk aside during the summer.

He said: "My goal now is the World Cup. We will see what happens after that. I told Jorge Mendes [his agent] that I don't want to know anything about the transfer window until then.

The news will be a bitter blow to Manchester City's transfer plans as they seek a long-term partner for captain Vincent Kompany.

The Etihad club perhaps need a centre-back more than their Premier League rivals, who already boast John Terry, Gary Cahill and David Luiz in their ranks, as well as January arrival Kurt Zouma.

With Joleon Lescott out of contract this summer and Martin Demichelis having had his critics this season, Mangala would give Manuel Pellegrini a defensive boost as he hopes to strengthen his league winners.

However, any transfer plans Pellegrini had may have been altered by the club's acceptance of Financial Fair Play sanctions handed out by Uefa last week.

City will be restricted to a £49million net spend this summer, and with Mangala rated at €35million they could be forced to cash in on some of their existing squad members before attempting to convince Mangala to make the switch to Manchester.

Another man who could swap Porto for England is Fernando - the Brazilian central midfield man was also close to making the switch in January and reports suggest the deal could be resurrected this summer.

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