Demichelis tips Manchester City defender to blossom this season

The Argentine took time to settle at the Etihad but has since gone on to thrive at Manchester City under Manuel Pellegrini.

Eliaquim Mangala is more than capable of holding his own in the Premier League and could enjoy an upturn in fortunes this term.

That is according to the France international’s Sky Blues teammate Martin Demichelis, who backed the 24-year-old to impress in his second campaign with the club in an interview with Sky Sports HQ’s James Cooper published by Football365.

Mangala moved to the Etihad from Porto for £31.8 million back in the summer of 2014, but struggled for form in his first season with City.

But despite some uneven displays during his debut year at the Etihad, Demichelis believes the Frenchman could be set for a major upturn in fortunes this term.

Speaking to Sky Sports HQ’s James Cooper, in quotes published by Football365, the veteran Argentina international singled out Mangala

"It is normal that he had this first season but he is young, he has the qualities and he will have chances to grow up," he explained.

Demichelis cited his own experience of moving from football in South America, to the Bundesliga and Bayern Munich, where he took a similar amount of time to adapt.

"He [Mangala] has the capabilities to keep improving and to do so over a sustained period of time, he'll keep playing in important games and I think he'll do great."

A versatile defender who started his professional career in Belgium with Standard Liege, Mangala moved to Portugal in 2011.

While at Porto, the Frenchman won two Primeira Liga titles and was also named in the Europa League squad for the 2013-14 campaign.

City will be hoping he can start showing the kind of form, that saw him winner titles elsewhere, this season.

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