Ben Mendy’s future at Man City on thin ice according to Guardiola

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confessed Benjamin Mendy’s injury-proneness could pave the way for a new left-back in the summer

    Brought in from AS Monaco in summer 2017 for a reported fee of £52m, the 24-year-old has never managed to showcase his potential due to constant injury problems.

    Mendy has barely assembled nine Premier League outings this campaign, registering just one league start so far.

    Even now, the World Cup winner sits on the sidelines restricted by a knee injury although there have been some talks about his potential return to action in the upcoming period.

    Nonetheless, Guardiola has admitted the Citizens may have to find an alternative for Mendy if the defender fails to overcome his physical difficulties by the end of the season.

    Ahead of City’s trip to Bournemouth, the Spaniard has expressed his concern regarding Mendy’s physical condition ever since the player’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium.

    “If [an injury] happens in two seasons it can happen [in] three, yes definitely,” he said.

    “Hopefully not, we’ll work with that, he’s working with that, but the truth is we could use him in a few games. That is the reality.”

    The Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko seems to be the one to profit the most from the Frenchman’s misery as he now covers the left-hand side on a regular basis.

    However, Guardiola has refused to deny Manchester City’s intention of returning to spend big in the summer to find a reliable left-footed defender.

    “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we are thinking about the chance to find somebody in that position, but I don’t know,” he stated.

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