Sunday 18 August 2019

Mangala to get chance to save city career

City's Eliaquim Mangala. Photo: PA
City's Eliaquim Mangala. Photo: PA

Pep Guardiola will give Eliaquim Mangala the chance to prove he has a long-term future at Manchester City.

The much-maligned defender, who spent last season on loan at Valencia, seemed set leave to leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer as City tried to sign West Brom's Jonny Evans.

Neither eventuality occurred and Mangala, who struggled to make an impact after his £42million move to City in 2014, was restored to the first-team squad.

Now with John Stones out injured and captain Vincent Kompany unlikely to play every one of City's 11 fixtures over the next five weeks, 26-year-old Mangala is set to feature.

Guardiola said: "He's a player with a lot of experience. I'm really impressed with his behaviour in the training sessions. He didn't play regularly until now but he always accepts that and he is always helping.

"For a manager, for a club, for the environment that is so important. He has specific qualities and in this league it's important. We are going to use him. We believe we need him. He's a player for us and he is going to stay here."

With Kompany only recently returned from a hamstring injury and having played 80 minutes at Huddersfield on Sunday, Mangala could even play as the leaders host Southampton tonight.

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