Mangala leaves Man City for Valencia return

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Once among the most expensive defensive signings in football, Eliaquim Mangala is leaving Manchester City for pennies on the dollar (or pound).

Valencia announced the center back’s capture on Monday, saying the 28-year-old would join on a two-year deal.

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Mangala joined Man City from Porto for $54 million in 2014 and appeared 79 times over parts of three seasons, taking a short loan at Everton and a full season in La Liga.

That was 2016-17 with his new club Valencia, where he played in 30 matches and posted two goals with decent defensive numbers.

Last season he logged around 600 minutes for City and another 134 with Everton, but signed a one-year contract extension late in the season. His lone bit of silverware with City came in 2017-18.

Given his age and position, we may still see some return on Mangala’s promise. $54 million for defenders may not be anything too crazy these days, but it certainly was in 2014. His time wasn’t quite a bust — he put in a pretty good performance during his first season at the Etihad Stadium — but it was very close.