‘I would rather join Chelsea’ - £35m Manchester City target eyes Blues move

07:47 19 May 2014

Eliaquim Mangala of FC Porto. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Eliaquim Mangala of FC Porto. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala has revealed he would rather join Chelsea than Manchester City this summer.

The £35million-rated France international was close to joining City in January but eventually stayed in Portugal.

Mangala admits he is a big fan of the Premier League – and he says his preference would be to move to London with Chelsea.

“City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London,” Mangala told Bein Sports when asked which club he would rather play for.

“It is true that I love the Premier League because it is a spectacular championship. In January, there were discussions with City, but it fell through because the two clubs could not reach an agreement.

“Every player wants to play in the biggest clubs. I am an ambitious player and the team that can help me win titles is the one that interests me.”

Mangala was named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup, and he insists he will put his future on hold until after that.

“My goal now is the World Cup,” Mangala added. “We will see what happens after that. I told Jorge Mendes [his agent] that I don’t want to know anything about the transfer window until then.”

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