Mangala returns to Valencia

French defender Eliaquim Mangala ended a disappointing period in England by joining Valencia from Manchester City on a two-year deal. The towering centre-back joined the Citizens in 2014 for €45m but failed to live up to expectations and was loaned out to Valencia and Everton.

During his first spell in La Liga, Mangala managed 33 appearances in all competitions for Valencia and scored two goals as the Spanish outfit finished in 12th-place. The 28-year-old, Frenchman’s deal with Manchester City will run out at the end of this season, meaning his first year back with Valencia will be on loan.