Soccer-Struggling St Etienne sign Mangala

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Valencia v Real Madrid - Mestalla, Valencia, Spain - November 8, 2020 Valencia's Eliaquim Mangala and teammtes players during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Juan Medina

(Reuters) - Saint Etienne have signed Eliaquim Mangala on a free transfer, with the French defender signing a six-month contract, the Ligue 1 club said on Thursday.

Mangala last played for Spanish club Valencia, for whom he made 21 appearances in two seasons, and has been a free agent since his contract ended in June 2021.

The 30-year-old began his career at Standard Liege in Belgium, before stints at Porto and Manchester City. He has represented France eight times and was a member of their squads at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.

Saint Etienne are bottom of the Ligue 1 standings, with two wins and 12 points after 20 games.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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