Manchester City morning news: Pellegrini backs Mangala, fee set for Guidetti deal

Eliaquim Mangala

A round up of news stories this morning about Manchester City.

Manuel Pellegrini says he’s sure the club bought the right centre back in Eliaquim Mangala.

The £32 million summer arrival from Porto has been criticised for the nature of his performances this season.

“I think Eliaquim Mangala is a young player and he has a lot of experience. I am sure we bought the centre-back that we need in him. This year with him, Vincent (Kompany), Martin, (Matija) Nastasic and Dedryck Boyata we have centre-backs that I can assure you will play very well,” he’s quoted by the Daily Mail.

Manchester City have reportedly set a price of £5 million for Celtic to make John Guidetti’s move permanent.

The Swedish striker joined Celtic on loan last summer and has been an instant hit with his new club.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila is thought to be keen on securing him on a long term deal as quickly as possible.

Manuel Pellegrini says his side are in a good position despite losing to West Ham United last weekend.

City are chasing Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, but are in the top four and well placed to claw back the gap heading into the winter.

“Last year [at this stage], we had one point less than this year in the table. We didn't start as well as I wanted last year, but we still won the league,” said the Chilean.

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