After a rough start to his spell at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola will surely be on the hunt for defenders in the summer transfer window. With names such as Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, Michael Keane from Burnley and João Cancelo from Valencia being thrown around, supporters are left pondering who will put pen to paper.
Guardiola appears to be sticking to his guns for the rest of the season, not investing in defensive coverage in the January window. A big decision Pep will need to make is whether Eliaquim Mangala, who is currently on loan at Valencia, has a future in a Sky Blue shirt. The Frenchman was out of favor when Pep arrived and it looked quite obvious that his time at the Etihad was over, but since he's suffered with a leaky defense all season, Guardiola may be forced to reconsider Mangala's chances at the club.
Eliaquim told Spanish newspaper AS that he will make his end of the decision over the summer.
“I do not have time to think about what’s going to happen in the summer,” he explained. “When the year is over, a valuation will be made and it will be seen if I have the possibility to continue or not.”
With Vincent Kompany making his long awaited return in City’s stunning FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace, improvement in the back line could be seen in the coming fixtures. Even if that happens, Guardiola is still probably looking to add to his defensive group in the summer, but Mangala will likely not be a part of the team next season. If he was not a fit for Pep's system last summer, he probably won't be in six months.
It is unfortunate that Mangala has not achieved success at Manchester City. The supporters will wish him the best of luck in the rest of his football career.