French star to snub Manchester City for Chelsea

Eliaquim Mangala has given Manchester City a major blow in their pursuit of the Porto defender, revealing he would rather join Chelsea instead, Telegraph reports.

The Frenchman is set to snub the Premier League Champions in preference of playing in London rather than up north in Manchester.

Value at £35million, the former Standard Liege player was close to joining City back in January when they attempted a double move for Mangala and Brazilian team-mate Fernando.

Other teams in pursuit of the 23-year-old include Manchester United as well as French powerhouse Paris St Germain, but even despite a £49million fine from Uefa last week for falling foul of Financial Fair Play regulations, Man City are favourites to sign the highly rated defender.

However Mangala has come out to admit he prefers a move to Chelsea, so he can stay in London.

“City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London,” Mangala told BeIn Sports.

“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 now putting his focus on the World Cup after being named in Didider Deschamps’ France squad, and says he will hold all transfer talks until the tournament is over.

“My goal now is the World Cup,” Mangala said. “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.”