Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is living his life to the fullest since his move from French side Monaco to the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2017 for a fee reported to be £52m.
The left-back has been plagued with a series of injuries and has undergone two major surgeries from last season to date. He has featured 26 times for City and has seven assists since joining, despite earning £100,000 weekly.
Mendy began his playing career with Le Havre’s reserve side in 2010 and was eventually promoted to the first team a year later. He remained with the club until 2013, when he joined Ligue 1 side Marseille. Mendy spent the next three seasons with Les Olympiens before leaving for Monaco, with whom he won the national championship in 2016–17.
In the summer of 2017, Mendy moved to Manchester City on a then world-record transfer fee for a defender. He subsequently won the Premier League in his first season in England. Mendy made his senior debut for France in 2017 after previously being capped by France youth teams and was in France’s squad for the 2018 World Cup which they won.
Meanwhile, FutballNews understands that the French professional footballer has a big football pitch inside his home in Cheshire which he bought from cricket legend Freddie Flintoff for £4.8million in 2018. The 25-year-old 25, left everyone jaw-dropped after giving OTRO a lovely tour inside his house, where the well-equipped pitch is situated.
During the tour of his residence, the defender showed off his exquisite pitch and explained some of the training he does when he is at home. Mendy added that his City mates have also had a cool experience of his luxury apartment.
He said: “When like Riyad (Mahrez) comes, (Raheem) Sterling comes, we put the net in the middle.
“You see the strap I put on the floor. It’s like the limit and we play two touches.
“You know, like tennis with feet, and we stay for two or three hours.”
The 25-year-old showed the gym equipment inside his house while admitting that former Man City captain Vincent Kompany was the hardest trainer in the gym. He, however, admitted that Argentine centre-half Nicolas Otamendi has taken over the gym this season.
“I think it was Vincent Kompany. In the gym, he was a beast.”
During the interview, Mendy identified teammate Raheem Sterling as one of the top players in the Premier League this season. The forward has scored 31 goals for both club and country this season
Mendy also gave a glimpse into his trophy room where he showed off his medals from the one he got from City’s Premier League triumph last season to a replica of the World Cup trophy. He also showed a personalised ring given to him and other international teammates by Manchester United star Paul Pogba for winning World Cup in Russia in 2018.
He said: “I forgot about this gift from Paul Pogba – the rings of the champions. He gave one to each player and said before the World Cup, “if we win, I will do something for you guys.
“And he put each name – like (Mendy – 22), some diamonds, the two stars, ‘world champions. And here you have all the scores from the group stage.
Mendy also revealed his shirt collection and disclosed that Eden Hazard is the best player he’s ever played against.
“Eden Hazard, the best player I have ever seen,’ Mendy proclaimed. ‘The skill, everything, the pace, the shots, the strength and he’s a very good guy.”