Pep Guardiola, Manchester City Manager, told defender, Eliaguim Mangala, to find an alternative club because his style of play does not fit his playing style.
Mangala had signed for Manchester City in 2014 from FC Porto for £32 million.
Mangala’s playing time was limited after Guardiola arrived at Man City in 2016.
Recalling his experience, Mangala has revealed that the Spaniard’s decision not to play him regularly was based on his style of play rather than his ability.
Commenting on his feelings with the his time at City, Mangala told Get French Football News, “Not disappointment. Why? Because when he [Guardiola] arrived, I was told I should leave, that I should find another solution. There was an offer at Inter Milan, but financially it didn’t work.
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“At the end of the transfer window, I was still [at Man City]. At that point, the coach came up to me and spoke very sincerely to me. He said, ‘there wasn’t any solution, and you are here. You have a very specific profile, which in terms of my playing style, is not what I am looking for.’ He spoke to me very honestly.
“He continued, ‘but you are here and we have four central defenders. We are going to work together, and you will be ready to play every match and we have lots of matches, and so you will have playing time because there are characteristics that you possess and that I need that others don’t have.
“You’re a very good player, it is just that regarding the profile I am looking for, for my style of play, you are not what I am looking for.’ That was it. I don’t have any problem with that. I can’t be disappointed because the coach knows what he wants. It is not about my qualities, it is about my profile.”
Source: Complete Sports
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