Last Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:05
FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala is 'flattered' to be linked with a move to Manchester City but he has no plans to leave Portugal.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini tried to land the highly-rated 22-year-old just before the transfer window closed on September 2 but was told there would be no deal as Porto did not have enough time to sign a replacement.
It was being reported that City would go back in with a £30million offer to land Mangala as soon as the January transfer window opens for business.
However, the player, who has a £38million release clause, has spoken out to insist that, while he is pleased to be wanted by a club like City, he is happy with Porto and has no plans to leave in the near future.
"Man City is nowadays one of the big clubs in the world so you are always flattered by their interest in you," Mangala told Sky Sports.
"[But] I am delighted to continue and progress with Porto. I like the club and I never asked to leave and they were not willing to sell me in the first place. People talk about my valuation as high but it is not me who prices me. But it does not affect me, my job is to come and perform at my best on the green surface."
Pellegrini is thought to be keen on bringing in at least one more central defender as skipper Vincent Kompany has been ruled out with a groin problem since the opening win against Newcastle, while Micah Richards has yet to feature since pre-season and new signing Martin Demichelis has been ruled out for six weeks with damaged knee ligaments.
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