Powerful, athletic central defender, part of France’s Euro 2016 squad
Eliaquim Mangala joined City in August 2014 having made a name for himself as one of Europe’s most promising young defenders.
Quick and powerful, blessed with good positional sense and the ability to play the ball out from deep, the Frenchman also poses a threat from set-pieces and is admired for his tackling.
The Parisian arrived at Etihad Stadium with an impressive CV, having enjoyed successful stints with Standard Liege and Porto before making the move to Manchester.
His made his debut for Liege aged just 17 and helped the Belgian club to a domestic league and cup double in his first season. He then gained valuable early experience of the Champions League, scoring against Arsenal in a 2009 defeat to the Gunners.
Eliaquim moved to Porto in 2011, and in three years there he helped the club to consecutive Primeira League titles as well as continuing to develop himself thanks to exposure to the Champions League.
His performances also earned him a call-up to the France national squad, making his debut against Uruguay in May 2013. A year later he was in Brazil for the World Cup, but did not feature in his country’s five outings.
City made their move for Eliaquim in August 2014, and he enjoyed an excellent debut against Chelsea a month later while partnering Vincent Kompany in central defence.
He racked over 60 appearances during his first two seasons at City, standing out in the home win over Paris St-Germain in April 2016 that secured a semi-final spot in the Champions League.
Eliaquim spent the 2016/17 campaign on loan with Valencia.