Porto star flattered by Manchester United interest

Porto defender Eliaquim MangalaPorto defender Eliaquim Mangala has revealed that he flattered by speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

The Premier League leaders are reportedly keen on the 22-year-old, who has been earning rave reviews for his performances in Portugal.

United chief Sir Alex Feguson is said to be keen to bolster his defensive options this summer, having been forced to play midfielder Michael Carrick as a centre-back earlier in the season due to injury issues.

The Frenchman, who signed for Porto from Standard Liege in 2011, is believed to be high on his list of potential targets.

Mangala says that he is honoured to be the subject of speculation, but insisted that he has idea as to whether he will be moving to old Trafford or not:

“I am definitely flattered by the interest of such a big club like Manchester United, any player would be.” He told Sky Sports.

“I have a contract here until 2016 so even if I want to go, Porto will have their say in the transfer.”

Mangala started his career in Belgium with Standard, where his impressive displays attracted a number of top European clubs.

Porto swooped for his signature in 2011 after losing a number of key defensive players and he has continued to improving Portugal.

Mangala’s impressive domestic displays have led to 23 caps at U-21 level.

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