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.