Mendy warns he will be a bit of a joker at Eti­had

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BEN­JAMIN Mendy can’t wait to get started un­der Pep Guardi­ola as he be­gins his City ad­ven­ture.

Blues sup­port­ers got a glimpse of what the fly­ing full-back is ca­pa­ble of in the Cham­pi­ons League matches last sea­son and the 23-year-old is con­fi­dent he can im­prove his new team.

“I think I am the right per­son for the group,” he said.

“I am eas­ily adapt­able. There are some play­ers with whom I ex­changed a few emails, I knew them from some years ago.

“Re­gard­ing foot­ball, I can bring a lot of cre­ativ­ity in the game, I can of­fer dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions, I like to take the play as full-back and pro­vide as­sists for the strik­ers.

“All the bet­ter if we com­pete, it’s more , pos­i­tive, bet­ter t for the team, it means that there will be a lot of goals scored, and then ev­ery­one will be happy, but the main point is to get good re­sults.”

City’s di­rec­tor of foot­ball Txiki Be­giris­tain has com­mented on the ex­pe­ri­ence that Mendy has de­spite his rel­a­tive youth. In re­plac­ing two play­ers aged over 30, the French in­ter­na­tional should sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the av­er­age age of the start­ing line-up.

There has been ex­cite­ment in France around the player for a num­ber of years now. Hav­ing made his pro­fes­sional de­but at the age of 17, Mendy ●● quickly moved onto Mar­seille. It was in his sec­ond sea­son there that he was man­aged by Marcelo Bielsa, the in­no­va­tive coach la­belled the best in the world by Guardi­ola.

City’s man­ager owes a lot to the Ar­gen­tine and Mendy also took on a lot dur­ing his year work­ing un­der him.

Last sea­son cat­a­pulted the young­ster onto the global stage as part of the ex­cit­ing, cava­lier Monaco side that up­set the odds in Ligue 1 and the Cham­pi­ons League.

His con­tri­bu­tion to an out­stand­ing sea­son for his club earned him re­ward with the na­tional team, Di­dier Deschamps grant­ing him his France de­but in March of this year.

Hav­ing com­plet­ing a £49.1m move to City af­ter just one sea­son at Monaco, Mendy is ready to step up for his big­gest chal­lenge yet and will be bring­ing his per­son­al­ity with him.

If his so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­ity that has teased fans all sum­mer is any­thing to go by, City’s lat­est sign­ing should quickly be­come a pop­u­lar fig­ure in the dress­ing room.

“I am a leader, some­one who al­ways has a smile on his face,” he said.

“I like to share my hap­pi­ness with my team-mates. What­ever hap­pens, I can be there in good or bad times.

“I like teas­ing the play­ers but not in a mean way, and that’s it, that is my per­son­al­ity.”

City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola

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