Mendy a pow­er­house – Toure

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MANCH­ESTER: Manch­ester City’s new sign­ing Ben­jamin Mendy has the po­ten­tial to make a big im­pact next sea­son but the de­fender must quickly adapt to the de­mands of play­ing in the Pre­mier League, mid­fielder Yaya Toure has said. The French left-back has joined City on a five-year deal from Monaco, where he helped them win the Ligue 1 ti­tle and reach the Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nals last sea­son. Mendy is the third full-back to ar­rive at Man City in the close sea­son fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Danilo from Real Madrid and Kyle Walker from Tot­ten­ham. City are al­most cer­tain to ro­tate their full-backs, with Danilo, who can play on both sides, act­ing as a cover for Mendy and Walker. “I know Mendy, be­cause he’s been play­ing for my for­mer club Monaco. I think he’s a fan­tas­tic player,” Toure said. “You will see in the Pre­mier League how pow­er­ful he is, how much en­ergy he has.” Mendy, 23, has joined his new team-mates in Los An­ge­les.

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