Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has admitted that he doesn’t know whether he will be at the club after the January transfer window or not.

The Frenchman was allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer following a strong season on loan with Valencia. However, despite being heavily linked with Inter Milan, no move away materialised for Mangala.

As quoted by the Manchester Evening News, the former Porto defender opened up about his future:

I am very realistic. I know everything can happen. I am here today. Whether I will be here in two months, next summer, one year, you never know. The only thing you can do is to be focused on what I can control.

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At the moment I am in the squad, I am at this club. I am going to work, to help my team-mates whether I am playing or not.

Mangala has been thrown into the City side by Pep Guardiola in recent times as a result of a number of defensive issues for the league leaders.

John Stones is set to miss just over a month with a hamstring injury, while Vincent Kompany has only recently returned to action. Nicolas Otamendi has performed well this season, though, and will be available as he returns from suspension this weekend.

City are reportedly keen to land a new central defender in January as they aim to bolster their defence while covering Stones. It looks as though if this happens, Mangala will almost certainly be offloaded.

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