Mendy joins Manchester City from Monaco

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Manchester City on Monday announced the signing of Benjamin Mendy from Monaco to a five-year deal.

The 23-year-old France international is Pep Guardiola’s third defensive acquisition in the off-season after Kyle Walker and Danilo.

He will wear the number 22 shirt, the club said in a statement on its website.

Mendy, an integral part of the title-winning and fairy tale Uefa Champions league run of Monaco, is expected to join up with the rest of the team in USA as they gear up for the new season.

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“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City,” Mendy said. “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.”

City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, said: “Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience.

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“He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.

“I’m sure he will prove a fantastic addition to the squad.”

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