Spanish club Valencia have confirmed that they are set to sign Man City defender Eliaquim Mangala.
Mangala has reached an agreement with the La Liga outfit and has penned a two-year contract until 2021. Though it’s still subject to the ‘formalising of the final documentation,’ according to Valencia.
The Frenchman will rejoin the club where he spent the 2016/17 season on loan and where he has played the most football in the last three years, making 33 appearances and scoring twice.
Mangala arrived in Manchester with much fanfare after his £40million switch from Porto in 2014 and even impressed on his debut.
Yet things haven’t gone to plan since then for the 28-year-old who played just 15 times for City under Pep Guardiola and had been frozen out of the first-team.
There was just a year remaining on his contract at City after signing an extension in March, but with no mention of a fee involved in the deal, it appears that Mangala has left on a free transfer.
After his spell at Valencia, Mangala joined Everton the following January but made just two appearances before suffering a serious knee injury that ruled him out for eight months and he hasn’t played a first-team game since February 10, 2018.
Though he did make five appearances for City’s Under-23s last season, completing 90 minutes once in a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn.
Mangala made 79 appearances at Man City and picked up a Premier League and two League Cup winners medals.