Porto star defender Eliaquim Mangala has said that he would prefer to join Chelsea rather than Manchester City due to the fact Chelsea was in London.

The 23-year-old central defender has been targeted by Manuel Pellegrini since last summer, and also nearly signed him in January before negotiations broke down with Porto over his £35 million valuation.

Pellegrini is desperate to bring in a top defender with Joleon Lescott leaving and doubts over Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasic’s ability to defend well against top Champions League opposition.

The trouble for City though according to the Guardian is that Mangala his heart set on London and would prefer Chelsea not just over City but also Manchester United and Paris saint-Germain two other clubs that have shown interest in the Frenchman.

“City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London,” Mangala told BeIn Sports. “It is true that I love the Premier League because it is a spectacular championship. In January, there were discussions with City, but it fell through because the two clubs could not reach an agreement. Every player wants to play in the biggest clubs. I am an ambitious player and the team that can help me win titles is the one that interests me.

“My goal now is the World Cup. We will see what happens after that. I told [agent] Jorge Mendes that I don’t want to know anything about the transfer window until then.”