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