|Org||France National Team|
|Club as Player||Manchester City|
2017 07 24 Retrieve
[Manchester City sign £52m Benjamin Mendy to take spending over £200m] I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City. They are one of Europe’s leading clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football. I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful.
2017 09 23 Retrieve
[Benjamin Mendy describes his new club Manchester City] We’re the big shark and when teams swim up alongside us we gobble them up
2019 09 28 Retrieve
[Benjamin Mendy says he does not envy the selection posers now facing Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, with the Blues boasting options aplenty in a star-studded squad] We know this team has players in all the positions. It’s not easy for the staff and the manager sometimes to say, ‘this guy plays’. All the players deserve to play, but we know how we need to work in training and after all the players respect the manager’s choice and we know he puts the best team on the pitch at the weekend. All our players work hard to be the best team
[Man City’s next test is set to see them take in a trip to Everton on Saturday] Everton is a strong team in England. They have good players, we know them, and playing away also is not easy. It is not easy to play there but we’ll give everything to do what we need to do. When we go there, we want to put on a show, to play how we play all the time, to keep going the same way. If we are focused and every player gives his all for the team, we can get the result
[After taking in a visit to Merseyside, City will then turn their attention to a Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday] Every team wants to win this cup, but we are focused on every game. We want to win and when we kick-off we play to win the game, so Everton first and after we work on Dinamo.
2019 11 06 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker makes admission after Man City goalkeeping experience and explains why he was chosen] Yeah I think tonight was a very tough game, we know it before the game and how we fight until the end to not keep a score, I say again thank you Kyle. Because it’s very not easy to take this responsibility to be a goalkeeper and save the free-kick and it’s one game we’re going to remember it for when we go forward in the cup
2019 11 13 Retrieve
[Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva has been handed a one-game ban and a £50,000 fine for a tweet aimed at team-mate Benjamin Mendy in September] Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one first team competitive fixture, fined £50,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3
The Manchester City midfielder’s social media activity on 22 September 2019 breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin
In reaching its decision the Commission has taken careful account in particular of the following matters, namely that: a) The Player did not have any knowledge of the historical connotations of the Conguitos character. b) His tweet was not intended by him to be either racist or offensive in any way
c) The tweet was promptly deleted by the Player. d) The Player and his Club have taken steps themselves to ensure that the Player has a greater understanding of his responsibilities on social media. e) The Player made an early admission in full cooperation with the disciplinary process. f) The Player has an exemplary character and disciplinary record
2019 11 24 Retrieve
[Benjamin Mendy has warned Liverpool that Manchester City will not give up their Premier League title without a fight] At this time we are still the champions so we are going to fight until the end to keep the title at home and the game is not over. There are still a lot of games to play so we are going to try our best and we are going to see. If at the end Liverpool win the title we are going to say congratulations but Man City are going to fight. We need to fight for every game and we need to stay focused. Everything can happen. If we [lost against Chelsea] we would be further away so everything can still happen. It depends on every weekend and we need to be ready because we don’t know what will happen in the future
[Mendy insists the City players do not get frustrated by Liverpool’s incredible ability to avoid dropping points] They can score early or on the end but when the game finishes they take three points. All the players and the manager will be focused on this because it is more important. We can’t think about the other team. They are staying doing well but we won and that is the more important [thing]. I know they are first now but there are a lot of games for Liverpool to play. If we are doing well we are going to see the places in the table at the end of the season
2019 12 27 Tweet
[Benjamin Mendy owned his big mistake in Manchester City’s 3-2 loss to Wolves in the Premier League] It’s easy to talk when everything is going well, but it’s hard to do when s*** hits the fan. Big mistake tonight and I owe you my best for your continued support. Time to keep our heads up & keep working to come back at our best level. #comeoncity
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Benjamin Mendy saw Manchester City drop more points late on in their 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace but says such drama is what makes football so beautiful] Football is like this - that’s why it’s beautiful. At the end of the game, we are all angry and sad. I think we deserved more. In the first half, we could have scored with a lot of chances. They defended well - we know they have quality.
In the second, half, we came back nicely with the 2-1, but after that, in the last minute they scored again. We were winning the game. The emotion was crazy. The feeling, the atmosphere… we believed we could score. In football, you have to be focused until the end. For one or two seconds, we were not ready and anything can happen. We tried to play like Man City play. We drew and we need to forget the game and look forward
[Mendy hailing him as one of the finest frontmen on the planet] Aguero is a striker that is recognised in all the world. We are so happy to have him on this team. We share the best for him We have to keep going in this way
2020 01 19 Retrieve
[Benjamin Mendy says Man City will be ‘on fire’ for Real Madrid clash] That will be another kind of game – Champions League, big game. Every game is big, but everyone knows that this game will be watched by everyone, so mentally you have a feeling, the atmosphere, how you come to the game puts you on fire, excited
[When asked how the City squad are dealing with the disappointment of being so far behind Liverpool in the Premier League] We deal well with it. When another team is doing well you can’t be upset or angry. We know when you start the season, after winning the league, you have to win most of the games. This is the truth, no-one can complain – they (Liverpool) are a good team, strong team who win, win and win, so in our dressing room we try to focus on us.
All the people say Man City are finished, that we’re finished. They can say what they want – we will just keep focussing on us, play our football, win the games, to fight until the league is over. When you have won two titles in a row, or even one, the next season is not easy. We have seen that other teams who have won the title have not reached the Champions League the season after – they were in the Europa League.
We won our first title, and then won again, and are now we are still second or third. It’s not easy in the Premier League – every team fights and believe they can do something. That’s why this league is a dream, and we enjoy it so much. We don’t have the answer of what happened, but every player tries to give everything for the team
2020 03 14 Retrieve
[Man City star Mendy confirms family member tested negative for coronavirus after period of self-isolation] The club is aware that a family member of a senior men’s team player is in hospital with symptoms of a respiratory illness. He has undergone tests at hospital one of which is for Covid-19. Until the results are known, the player in question is self-isolating as a precaution
2020 03 14b Retrieve
[Man City star Mendy confirms family member tested negative for coronavirus after period of self-isolation] Good morning, everyone. First of all, I would like to thank you for your numerous messages of support following the news about my quarantine. Today, the results were negative for those around me, but it is important that everyone takes their responsibilities in this delicate period, to protect you but above all to protect the weakest in the face of the epidemic. I therefore invite you to follow the instructions given by the WHO in order to stop the spread of the virus as quickly as possible and to get back to normal. Take care of yourself and your beloved ones
2020 05 22 Retrieve
[Benjamin Mendy has warned that Real Madrid must not be written off despite Manchester City’s first-leg victory in Spain in their Champions League last-16 clash] I know that in the minds of every player, they know that just because we won there does not mean that it is finished or that we are qualified. It is not every day that you go to somewhere like the Bernabeu and perform like that in the Champions League. We have an opportunity to go far in this cup and we want it, so everybody wakes up, works out, stays focused on the target for when they say we can come back. We don’t have the Champions League yet so it is the dream
I can’t wait. We are just waiting for the green light. Everywhere we see we are going to start on this date and that date. Now I wait for the guys to text us to tell us the league is going to start at this time, and we are going to be so happy. But I know they are going to take all the precautions when we are back. It’s not like they are just going to say, ‘Let’s go play’, they are going to check everything and I think that’s why it takes time. When? We don’t know, we can’t decide anything, we need to follow the club. I think all of us firstly want to protect the people and then if we can play then why not? We will wait and see
First of all, I was just working out and training, but then I wanted to learn some new stuff as well so I started painting and I like it now. Some of my family bought me some stuff to make cooking easier, it helps to learn, and it has been nice. I try to keep busy and do some new stuff
2020 05 28 Retrieve
[Mendy ready to rival De Bruyne for assists at Man City] It’s not easy. Personally, I cannot say that I am ok because if I say that I am ok, it’s selfish, like I don’t have some ambition. First of all, for the people who believe in me and took me to join Man City, for all the fans in the stadium and around the world, the people who come to watch the game and for the people like that, it is more that I feel sorry [for them]. I would like to do something else but I can’t because the injury I had, it was not easy, and it’s for them that I want to fight and really show why Man City took me…This was my way from the beginning until my injury. I’m working hard to come back to my best level and why not more, because every day we can improve and give to Man City the real Benjamin Mendy. Maybe I do some good games, maybe I do some bad games, but the top Mendy, we don’t see him because I need, not a long time, but to keep going to play and play, to come back at the best level. One time, I was injured after I came back, then there was something else, and now we have the Covid like all the world. I would like to prefer to play and give everything now for the people to see the real Mendy but if I need to wait, I’m going to wait. I know the time will come and I’m still working. Sometimes I talk with Kevin De Bruyne, and I tell him ‘when I’m going to be at 100, we’re going to fight for the assists’. He’s the king, he’s the top, top level but it’s this that makes you want to go up more levels again and again. This year, he has given me a lot of ambition.
I’m ready to go back. I wait, and the people and staff at Man City are going to text me about when to train and when the league is going to start. The team, they want to protect the player and their family, I think it is like that for every team. We wait, we follow the rules, we stay at home, we need to do like everyone in the world and when they say ok, I think it is because they take every precaution for the players playing
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Benjamin Mendy says he is determined to show Manchester City the very best version of himself after overcoming the injury problems] This is my time. All the time I lost was not the same because I was injured. The way Manchester City, the staff, the players were behind me, helped me, pushed me. I want to give them the real Mendy back. It was hard when I was in the hospital, the recovery; this is the life. People don’t see all of that. It is not easy. Even in the first game you are back you are expected to be at the top because people watch the game for that. They don’t have time to say he was injured. They want a good performance and I understand that and it gives me more motivation to work hard. I think now I am in one of my best periods at Manchester City.
The game we played at home [against them] was difficult. I think it was a game with the most intensity we had in the league; it was very box to box! It was very physical because they have players like N’golo Kante in the midfield who is everywhere, the back four is strong. They play well and I think away it will be a tight game. We just need to play like we play and give everything, take the rhythm, keep going and keep winning. I think on my side it will be Willian. He is very fast, has ability, move a lot from the defender which makes it more difficult, but we need to be focused. I like a game like that.
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Mendy happy to know he is missed by Man City boss Guardiola] When he [Pep] said he missed me I am always happy. It is something very good and it touched me. I want to show him, I think he knows, but I want to show Manchester City and the world. First Manchester City, because it is my team and I love this team and give everything for them because they deserve that for what they did for me for two years, while winning the cups and titles. I played a few games, but honestly, you win and I don’t feel the same. I am happy, but I don’t feel the same. I want to fight and say I helped my team win this trophy
[Mendy insists the Blues will be motivated to get one over on the runaway leaders after a disappointing title defence] What they are doing is incredible. In the game against them we need to show them that we won the title two times and we want to beat them. It will be a good game for us and them too