Rumours that Eliaquim Mangala will be leaving the Portuguese club started to appear in the summer of 2013. Sevilla's triumph in yesterday's Europa League clash should get him thinking about the future of his career.
The defender signed his first professional contract for the Belgian side Standard Liege at the age of 17. In November 2008, he made his debut, coming in from the bench in a 3-1 win against Germinal Beerschot. The Frenchman later on appeared in UEFA Cup matches against Sampdoria, Stuttgart and Sporting.
Some excellent performances granted him first-team football in the next season. As the player started 22 matches, the value and the transfer speculations about leaving the club greatly increased. Also, he became an important member of the France U-21 squad.
Two weeks before the transfer window closure in 2011, the youngster has joined Porto for 6.5 million euros. Although the central defender was a substitute in his first season at Estadio do Dragao, he made a breakthrough in the second, and also scored 4 goals for the team.
Because of his good recent games, Didier Deschamps had to call him up. Valued at 20 million euros and rising, he made a debut in a friendly game against Uruguay. Mangala is amongst those who could represent France on the World Cup.
Now, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are fighting for his arrival. After a fallout from Europa League with Porto, his transfer is most likely to happen.
Mourinho expressed the biggest interest for the defender, as John Terry could soon retire. So should he move to London or Manchester? With the quality he possesses he will have no problem with fighting for the first team place.
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