Belgian media has claimed that Orel Mangala must leave Nottingham Forest if the club are relegated from the Premier League this season.

The 25-year-old scored his first goal in English football on Tuesday as he opened the scoring during a 2-1 defeat against Leeds at Elland Road.

Regular game time has proved tricky for Mangala though and he’s actually started just 13 times in the Premier League during 2022/23.

Belgian media urge Mangala
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Mangala also starred for Belgium last month. He was handed a rare start for the national team ad Domenico Tedesco’s team beat Germany 3-2.

The midfielder was signed by the Reds in the summer. He swapped the Bundesliga where he’d been playing for VfB Stuttgart for a crack at the Premier League.

Mangala has been good recently. He worked hard to get into the team and appears hellbent on staying there for the remainder of the campaign.

The player does bring something to the central midfield area that perhaps the team’s other midfielders don’t.

Furthermore, Ryan Yates is currently injured; whilst Cheikhou Kouyate has only recently returned from a long-term problem with his hamstring.

That should leave the window of opportunity wide open for Mangala and more football looks to be on the horizon for him.

Belgian media has claimed that Mangala must leave Forest

An opinion piece has surfaced in Belgium and it’s made some pretty scathing comments at Mangala at Forest.

Walfoot have urged the midfielder to leave the club in the summer; claiming that he must find himself a club in the elite at all costs – if Forest are relegated.

They also think that his chances of even making the squad could be hindered if he chose to stay at Forest if the team were relegated.

Belgian media urge Mangala
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It goes without saying that keeping a player of Mangala’s ilk will be tricky if Forest go down.

Other Championship clubs have managed to keep lots of their star players following relegation, however, so why not Forest?

It’s not clear what the future will hold for Magala should the unthinkable happen to Forest. However, It would appear that the Belgian media have already made his mind up for him

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