Date: 30th July 2021 at 10:55am
Written by: Marc Harley

Benjamin Mendy looked on his way out of Manchester City after struggling for form, fitness and playing time last season, but Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News doesn’t believe Pep Guardiola is planning to replace him.

He wrote: ‘Their priorities are on other positions. So, I think they’re going to have to stick to what they’ve got at left-back and they didn’t pay £52 million to get Mendy for nothing.’

The French international joined City from AS Monaco in 2017 and has gone on to make 73 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals with 12 assists.

Mendy has struggled with injuries throughout his time in Manchester, however, and had an uncertain future this summer after falling behind Oleksandr Zinchenko in the pecking order.

The 27-year-old made only 13 Premier League appearances last season and didn’t always set the place alight when called upon, so Guardiola was reportedly looking to replace him.

City were linked with Robin Gosens, Alex Sandro, Nuno Mendes, David Alaba and Gabriel Gudmundsson but are tipped to stick with what they have going into next season.

Signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa and Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur is more of a priority that changing things up at left-back.

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