France international centre-back Eliaquim Mangala has completed a loan move to Everton from Manchester City for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign, subject to clearance from the Premier League.
Mangala has featured nine times in the Premier League for Pep Guardiola’s trailblazers this season and was a key figure in City’s run to the 2015/16 Champions League semi-finals.
The 26-year-old said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play for Everton and I cannot wait to pull on the royal blue jersey for the first time and give my all for the supporters.”
Mangala began his career with Standard Liege, making his debut as a 17-year-old in December 2008 and winning the Belgian title in his first campaign with the club.
He left for Porto in 2011 – after scoring in Standard’s Belgian Cup final victory on his farewell appearance – and subsequently won two league championships with the Portuguese giants.
Mangala was an integral part of the Porto side which went through the 2012/13 league campaign unbeaten and conceded only 14 goals on their way to retaining the title.
The defender – capped eight times by his country and a member of the French squad at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship finals – moved to England in 2014 and has played 79 games for City.
He spent the 2016/17 season on loan with Spanish team Valencia, where he featured in 30 La Liga matches, including a 2-1 victory in February over eventual Spanish and European champions Real Madrid.
Eliaqium Mangala's Everton career may be over before it's even begun after news broke of a potentially season-ending knee injury.
The on-loan Manchester City defender sustained the problem during the Toffees' 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace last Saturday and, if the Daily Mail is to be believed, Mangala may be sent back to his parent club due to the injury's severity.
Indeed, the 26-year-old has suspected knee ligament damage and, if those fears prove to be correct, it will be another big blow for the France international as well as Blues boss Sam Allardyce.