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Man City's forgotten former record signing Eliaquim Mangala moves quietly towards the exit door

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Eliaquim Mangala enjoyed a memorable debut against the would-be-champions in 2014, keeping the unmanageable Diego Costa quiet.

As Manchester City celebrated a rip-snorting win over Chelsea, spare a thought for one forgotten member of their squad.

In the eyes of club captain Vincent Kompany, he had "all the basics to be more than a good defender".

No hard feelings, it just hasn't worked out.

And if he had hardly come cheap (announced at £32m before Football Leaks later revealed it to be £42m, making the defender briefly the most expensive signing in the club's history - he remains in the top ten) this was a start to prove that expensive players can still prove to be exceptional value.

Mangala has 51 league starts to his name and 20 in cup competitions, including both legs of the 2016 Champions League quarter-final at Paris Saint-Germain and 80 minutes of the semi-final at the Bernabeu when Vincent Kompany went off injured.

The gaffes continued, and as early as Boxing Day in his first year at the club came the infamous tweet: "seriously mate no joking please just don't play again prem not suited to u pal your crap no hard feelings just not worked out [sic]."
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