OFFICIAL: Mangala joins Valencia on loan

The defender arrives at Los Che as a replacement for Shkodran Mustafi, who joined Arsenal on Tuesday, after being made surplus to requirements by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

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Valencia have signed France international defender Eliaquim Mangala on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.

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The 25-year-old arrives as a timely defensive reinforcement for the Liga club following Shkodran Mustafi’s departure to Arsenal on Tuesday, while Aymen Abdennour is reportedly a target for Chelsea.

Mangala follows Joe Hart, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri in making loan exits from City on deadline day having failed to make a matchday squad since Pep Guardiola succeeded Manuel Pellegrini as manager.

.@Elia22Mangala has joined @valenciacf on a season-long loan – good luck, Elia!https://t.co/vqmq55Fw6U pic.twitter.com/kA0py7nI0r

— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 31, 2016

He moved to the Etihad Stadium in August 2014, becoming the most expensive defender in Premier League history at the time, but a succession of high-profile errors hindered Mangala’s attempts to become a first-team fixture.

The former Porto man was part of Didier Deschamps’ France squad that finished as runners-up to Portugal on home soil at Euro 2016, though he did not make a start during the competition.

Mangala was pushed down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium following the arrival of England international John Stones from Everton.

A City statement read: “Everyone at City would like to wish Eliaquim the best of luck at Valencia.”

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