Mangala: Valencia a step back

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has confirmed that he rejected the chance to join Valencia, explaining the move “would have been a step back”.

The Frenchman was offered to Los Che as part of the €44m deal which took Nicolas Otamendi to the Etihad Stadium in August but declined as he still believed in his ability to command a place in Manuel Pellegrini's starting XI.

“I refused the move [to Valencia] because it would have been a step back,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think I'm good enough to be a starter for [City].”

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