Eliaquim Mangala has revealed that he refused to join Valencia because leaving Manchester City would have been "a step backwards."
The Spanish club wanted to sign Mangala, 24, on loan as part of the deal that took Nicolas Otamendi to City.
But the France international had no intention of leaving the Etihad Stadium and has vowed to fight for his place with the newcomer.
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"I refused because it would have been a step backwards," he told reporters. "I felt good enough to win my place."