CITY SPE­CIAL Bernardo: Mendy plays it for laughs

Manchester Evening News - - CITY SPECIAL - By STU­ART BREN­NAN

BEN­JAMIN Mendy is even cra­zier in real life than he is on so­cial me­dia, his close pal Bernardo Silva has re­vealed.

The two City stars are close friends from their Monaco days and Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional Bernardo is fre­quently the butt of Mendy’s jokes.

But France star Mendy has also added his own brand of live­li­ness into a City de­fence, along with Kyle Walker at right-back.

Mendy had be­come a firm favourite with Blues fans even be­fore he kicked a ball, his sense of fun com­ing across loud and clear on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

But once he started play­ing, those fans got even more ex­cited about his ar­rival, and he has quickly be­come a key man in a youth­ful, am­bi­tious City team.

Said Bernardo of his pal: “He is a great guy, on and off the pitch, he is a great player and a fan­tas­tic per­son as well.

“He is a big friend of mine, so for me it’s a plea­sure to have him here.

“He has been help­ing a lot in the last games. To have him and Kyle in this team is great as well.”

Asked if he is as bonkers in real life as he ap­pears on so­cial me­dia, Bernardo laughed out loud and replied: “Yes. It’s even worse,” and said that he is al­ways play­ing prac­ti­cal jokes.

Mendy has filmed Bernardo go­ing to the toi­let, tweeted that his brush with the po­lice at Bournemouth was due to a ‘cheeky’ park­ing fine at Nando’s and teased City fans in the sum­mer by post­ing a picture of him­self in Union Jack shorts prior to join­ing the club.

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