Chelsea Move Ahead Of Manchester City In Race To Sign Coveted France Defender

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Central defender is contracted to the Dragao until 2016. 

In-demand Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala has claimed that he would rather sign for Chelsea next season than Manchester City, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The coveted France international came desperately close to joining the Premier League champions in the January transfer window, only for City and Porto to fail to reach a suitable agreement over a price for the player and so Mangala remained put at the Estadio Dragao instead.

However, it now seems highly likely that the centre back will be leaving the Portuguese giants when the summer transfer window does reopen for business, although contrary to recent speculation, Mangala would rather play his football at Stamford Bridge than Eastlands next season.

“It’s true that I love the Premier League because it is a spectacular championship,” Mangala told French TV station beINSports.

“But there are big clubs in Spain and Germany as well as England. In January, there were discussions with City but nothing came of it because the two clubs did not strike a deal.

“It was a bit complicated to leave then. My goal now is the World Cup. We’ll see what happens after.

“I told my agent, Jorge Mendes, I don’t want to know anything before the end of the World Cup. Every player wants to move in larger clubs.

“I am an ambitious player and the team I would choose one that will allow me to win titles. I want to improve. The choice between Chelsea and Manchester City? I would say Chelsea because it is in London.”



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