Former Manchester City defender, Eliaquim Mangala, has revealed that supervisor Pep Guardiola knowledgeable him to leave the membership on account of he ‘wasn’t what he was looking for at Etihad.
Mangala signed for Man City from Porto once more in 2014 for a cost of £32 million.
The arrival of Guardiola at Man City in 2016 led to a serious decrease in Mangala’s participating in time on the Premier League champions.
Mangala had mortgage spells at Valencia and Everton sooner than in the end departing Man City fully in 2019.
However, the Frenchman has now revealed that Guardiola’s selection not to perform him as a every day starter was attributable to his participating in trend moderately than his ability.
When requested if he felt any disappointment referring to his time at Manchester City, Mangala knowledgeable Get French Football News: “Not disappointment. Why? Because when he [Guardiola] arrived, I was knowledgeable I should leave, that I ought to find one different reply. There was a proposal at Inter Milan, nevertheless financially it didn’t work.
“At the highest of the change window, I was nonetheless [at Man City]. At that point, the coach acquired right here as a lot as me and spoke very sincerely to me. He said, ‘there wasn’t any reply, and also you is likely to be proper right here. You have a very explicit profile, which by the use of my participating in trend, is not what I’m looking for.’ He spoke to me very in truth.
“He continued, ‘but you are here and we have four central defenders. We are going to work together, and you will be ready to play every match and we have lots of matches, and so you will have playing time because there are characteristics that you possess and that I need that others don’t have.
“You’re a very good player, it is just that regarding the profile I am looking for, for my style of play, you are not what I am looking for.’ That was it. I don’t have any problem with that. I can’t be disappointed because the coach knows what he wants. It is not about my qualities, it is about my profile.”
Mangala was Guardiola’s fourth-choice of centre-back at Man City as he was behind the likes of John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi throughout the pecking order.