Mangala has spoken of his feelings about being made to wait so long by Manuel Pellegrini for his Etihad debut.
Manchester City’s summer signing Eliaquim Mangala has revealed that he was perfectly happy to wait a month for his Premier League debut after his switch from FC Porto, reports the Mirror.
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The French international, who signed for £32m over the summer, made his long awaited debut in City’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the weekend.
Mangala has had to play second fiddle to Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis so far, with the captain unlikely to be dropped and the Argentine playing well despite a number of shaky performances last campaign.
He finally got to see action against the league leaders however and was delighted to make his first start for the club.
“It’s always pleasing. It was a big game against Chelsea,” the 23-year-old was quoted by the Mirror.
“He [The manager] told me that I needed to be patient and keep working hard.
“You must not forget that I started a week later than anyone and by then the starting XI was pretty much established.
“You have to also remember that City were champions last year and so there has to be a certain amount of consistency in selection.”
It’s a highly professional attitude from the 23-year-old, but it’s unlikely he will be hoping he doesn’t spend much more time on the bench this season.
Mangala played very well on Sunday and with the Frenchman having the benefit of youth over his Argentine teammate, it could be Demichelis that spends his time warming the dugout from now on.
the former Porto man is somewhat down the pecking order in the French national team at the moment, with Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in front of him.
Becoming a regular fixture in a team the size City could greatly boost his chances however, with current France manager Didier Deschamps sure to take notice.