Bordeaux president confirms interest in Manchester City centre-back

Bordeaux president Stéphane Martin has opened the door to Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala arriving in January – but it would have to be a loan deal.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Martin said that a permanent deal for the 26-year-old would be impossible, but a loan move would be of interest to the Ligue 1 side.

“Yes, loans will be considered. It would obviously be better to sign players for the long-term, but you also have to be pragmatic.

“We are in a World Cup year and some famous players are not playing enough.”

Mangala’s chances of making France’s World Cup squad have appeared slim, but injuries to both John Stones and Vincent Kompany have led to him getting some decent game time, including four full 90 minutes in December.

The big-money signing from FC Porto impressed when he replaced Kompany in the Manchester derby and was again rock solid against Tottenham on Saturday when he dealt with Harry Kane well.

Whether Mangala has done enough to convince Pep Guardiola to keep him around in the long term is uncertain, but if he senses there will be opportunities even after Stones and Kompany return, then he may prefer to be part of City’s trophy chase than move on loan to Ligue 1.

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