Manchester City fans react on Twitter to linked-away Mangala's performance v Chelsea

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The centre-back has been linked with a loan move away from the Etihad Stadium but, after his stellar display on Sunday afternoon, fans aren't so sure...

Manchester City fans were delighted with Eliaquim Mangala's performance during their 3-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

According to AS, however, Mangala will soon be on his way to Valencia as part of a deal that sees Nicolas Otamendi move to the Etihad Stadium.

The 24-year-old will reportedly join the La Liga side on loan - yet his statistics from the Premier League season so far show the defender has just begun to find his feet at City.

 2015/16 HeadersTacklesInterceptionsClearancesAppearancesMinutes Played
Eliaquim Mangala 6 3 5 14 2 180
Bacary Sagna 6 2 4 3 2 180
Aleksandar Kolarov 5 1 3 9 2 180
Fernandinho 2 7 2 4 2 180
Vincent Kompany 2 0 2 5 2 180

As Opta stats show, Mangala has won as many headers as any Manchester City player during their first two Premier League games of the season. He has also won three tackles, five interceptions and made 14 clearances against both West Brom and Chelsea.

And, against the Blues, both Mangala and Bacary Sagna were heavily praised by City fans on Twitter - as Manuel Pellegrini's men simply ran riot against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Why, then, would Manchester City even dream of loaning the centre-back out now that he has finally found form? That's exactly what supporters wanted to know on social media after the game...

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