Manchester City have signed Eliaquim Mangala from Porto for an estimated £32 million, completing the club’s sixth addition of the window, SkySPORTS reports.
Upon the confirmation of the move, the 23-year-old French centre-back gave an interview to the side’s official website regarding the switch.
“City is a top club in Europe. For me, it was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress.
“I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here.
“I’m very happy to come to England because, for me, the Premier League is the best league in the world.
“It is a very intense and very aggressive competition. There are plenty of goals, so it is also really nice to watch and I can’t wait to get started.
“The fact that Fernando is here is better because I played with him at Porto but there is also other players that I know like Sagna, (Gael) Clichy and (Samir) Nasri.”
Manuel Pellegrini also had a few words to say about his newest addition, and added: “I’m delighted to have added a player of Eliaquim’s quality in the squad ahead of the new season.
“He is already a fine player but in my opinion, he has all of the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes to become one of Europe’s very best defenders.”