Benjamin Mendy has been linked with a move away from Manchester City after falling down the pecking order this season, so it’s hard to see him staying at the Etihad Stadium beyond 2021.
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The 26-year-old has struggled for form, fitness and playing time under Pep Guardiola and no longer has the trust of his manager. He’s made just six Premier League appearances from a possible 18, spending most of the campaign sidelined with injury or as an unused substitute.
Man City wanted to sign Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax or David Alaba from Bayern Munich to put pressure on Mendy at left-back in the summer transfer window, but they didn’t end up with either so the 6ft 1in French international was given a reprieve.
Mendy started in City’s three league games before October’s muscle injury and started three of four league games upon his return in November. He lost his place in mid-December, however, and hasn’t featured in the league since.
Guardiola has preferred Joao Cancelo in a makeshift role of late and called upon Oleksandr Zinchenko from the bench over Mendy in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa, so the writing is on the wall.
It’s unlikely Mendy would be sold mid-season, but it would be shocking if he was still a City player when the 2021/22 campaign commences.