Updated: August 11, 2014 18:42 IST

Manchester City F.C. Snap Up Eliquim Mangala From Porto

Eliaquim Mangala becomes Manchester City F.C.'s sixth signing of the summer.

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Porto's 23-year-old defender Eliquim Mangala joined EPL's Manchester City as the sixth signing of the summer for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

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Manchester: Manchester City on Monday announced the signing of France central defender Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto. (Diego Maradona hits journalist at an Event in Argentina)

The 23-year-old Paris-born Mangala becomes the sixth signing of the summer, and will quickly re-join his old Porto teammate Fernando at the Etihad Stadium. (Ramires, Fabregas fire Chelsea to Hungary win)

"City is a top club in Europe. For me, it was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress. I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here," Mangala said. (Vibrant Arsenal thrash Manchester City 3-0 to win Community Shield)

"I'm very happy to come to England because for me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. It is a very intense and very aggressive competition. There are plenty of goals, so it is also really nice to watch and I can't wait to get started! (Miroslav Klose announces international retirement)

"The fact that Fernando is here is better because I played with him at Porto but there is also other players that I know like (Bacary) Sagna, (Gael) Clichy and (Samir) Nasri." (Coutinho's form excites Liverpool F.C.'s manager Brendan Rodgers)

City manager Manuel Pellegrini added: "I'm delighted to have added a player of Eliaquim's quality in the squad ahead of the new season. (James Rodriguez set for Real Madrid debut in Super Cup)

"He is already a fine player but in my opinion, he has all of the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes to become one of Europe's very best defenders. (Samir Nasri retires from international football)

"Eliaquim is a player I believe will make an immediate impact in the Premier League, thanks to his physicality, his reading of the game and quality on the ball. (Mourinho admits Lampard irreplaceable at Chelsea)

"I think he will prove to be a great signing for us." (Pepe Reina signs three-year contract with Bayern Munich)

Mangala made his France debut in a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in Montevideo in June 2013.

Although included in the World Cup squad, the defender didn't make it off the bench in France's run to the quarter-finals.

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