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Man City defender admits good form saved Etihad career

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has revealed his good form in the opening weeks of the season has saved his career at the club, reports the Daily Mail.

Last summer’s £31.8m acquisition from Porto had faced criticism over his displays during his debut campaign, and had been discussed as a potential makeweight in the deal to bring Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester.

The former Valencia hard-man arrives at the Etihad in a blockbuster £33m deal, and rumour had it that Frenchman Mangala could have been heading the other way.

However, the 24-year old explained a move to the Mestalla would have been ‘a step back’ and that he ‘felt good enough to win my place’ in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The France international has been a key cog in a watertight defence for the Citizens so far this term, who are yet to concede a goal.

They have a 100% record and are perched at the summit of the league, with Mangala and teammate Vincent Kompany receiving praise for their exploits thus far.

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