Why Benjamin Mendy should not replay with Manchester City despite an initial favorable verdict

French defender Benjamin Mendy will be retried from June 26 in England for rape and attempted rape, two charges on which a popular jury failed to agree after five months of hearings. This programming suits his club.

The decision ended up falling this Friday at the start of the afternoon. Benjamin Mendy was found not guilty of six rapes and one sexual assault by British justice, but he will be retried on a seventh charge of rape and attempted rape on which jurors have not reached a verdict. A new trial awaits him from June 26 and could last two to three weeks. He is therefore not yet at the end of his legal troubles.

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The programming of this new trial suits Manchester City. Because the contract of the left side (28 years old) is currently suspended… and will soon be over. On July 1, Mendy will also no longer be under contract with the Skyblues, who recruited him in 2017 in Monaco for 57.5 million euros. In other words – and barring a huge turnaround – he has no chance of playing again with the second in the Premier League by the end of the season.

“Manchester City FC take note of today’s verdict at Chester Crown Court in which a jury found Benjamin Mendy not guilty on seven counts. The jury is adjourned on two counts and the trial is now complete. As there are open questions related to this matter, the club are unable to comment further at this time,” Manchester City said in a statement.

He is no longer paid by City

The last match played by Mendy dates back to August 15, 2021. He had been established against Tottenham by Pep Guardiola, during the first day of the Premier League, before the start of a long legal soap opera. On August 26, 2021, the authorities announced the placement in police custody and the indictment of the world champion. In the process, City had recorded its suspension in a press release.

Since then, the club has always sought to dodge the subject. Guardiola was heard on November 14 at Chester court. He had testified for ten minutes and evoked the personality of the ex-Monegasque. “There were a lot of expectations on his shoulders, he explained. He is a very good boy, he is generous … I control my players when we are together in training. In their private life, I don’t know. not what they do. (…) I am not his father.”

Chance of the calendar, the Spanish coach spent this Friday at a press conference, just a few tens of minutes after the announcement of the verdict. “The club issued a statement, he simply commented. I am not authorized to say anything else. Consider the club’s statement as my reaction.”

During his speech in court last November, Mendy explained that he had not been paid by City since September 2021.