Mahrez is bet­ter late than never, says Mendy

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

BEN­JAMIN Mendy and Riyad Mahrez are team-mates at City, but they go back all the way to when they were young­sters com­ing through at Le Havre al­most a decade ago.

Mendy re­mem­bers well the mo­ment he first came across

Mahrez, not least be­cause the Al­ge­rian turned up for train­ing when it had al­ready fin­ished.

“The first time I met Riyad we had just fin­ished the train­ing ses­sion for Le Havre,” he said. “One guy [Riyad] comes in late be­cause he’d missed his train. It was like two hours late. All the peo­ple were stretch­ing, and this skinny boy ar­rives. The man­ager says ‘go and run’ and he races around the field. Every­one says ‘what are you do­ing? Why do you run so fast like that?’ He said, ‘I was late, and I am not here for fun, I am here to be se­ri­ous.’ Then we see him on the pitch and its score, score, score, score. He’s a good guy.”

The two have been re­united at the Eti­had and will both be look­ing to start against Wolves on Fri­day night as the Blues look to close the gap on lead­ers Liver­pool.

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