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Eliaquim Mangala targets title with Manchester City

By Carl Markham

Manchester City's new £32m signing Eliaquim Mangala has joined the Premier League champions to bolster their quest for trophies. The 23-year-old defender has finally completed a move which originally began seven months ago and he is keen to settle in and help the side build on a second Premier League title in three years.

City first tried to secure the Frenchman in January, but complications with the player's third-party ownership meant it was impossible to complete within the month. However, given the additional time for negotiations, the champions have been able to thrash out a solution to a complicated deal.

"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," said Mangala, who has signed a five-year contract.

"I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here.

"I'm very happy to come to England because for me the Premier League is the best league in the world."

Mangala brings much-needed strength to City's defence, which was exposed in their 3-0 FA Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.

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