In another whirlwind update to the transfer market, former Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy has joined French Ligue 1 side Lorient, just five days after he was cleared of all assault charges. He will be starring in the French League for a period of two years, as he has signed a two-year deal with the club.
Benjamin Mendy joins Ligue 1 outfit Lorient
France and Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy would like to ply his trade in his home league as he has signed for French League side FC Lorient for the upcoming two seasons. He was convicted of assault of a woman and was cleared of all charges in Chester Crown Court last Friday. Once considered to be the best “full-backs in the world” by City sporting director Txiki Begiristain, the former Monaco star was anticipated to become one of the spearheads of City’s defense, until his career was ravaged by the allegations. He became one of the expensive defenders in the world when he came to England from Monaco, at a handsome amount of 52 million euros.
Lorient’s official website on the transfer of Mendy read, “FC Lorient is pleased to announce today the signing for two seasons of French international left-back Benjamin Mendy. After having satisfied the traditional medical examination, Benjamin Mendy, world champion 2018, quadruple winner of the Premier League under the colors of Manchester City and French champion of Ligue 1 with Monaco in particular, comes to reinforce the Lorient workforce for this new season. The native of Longjumeau, who will wear number 5 with the Merlus, will take his first steps at Espace FCL today. Welcome Benjamin!”
Three time Premier League champion
Mendy, after joining Pep’s squad in 2017, won the coveted Premier League in his first season as a full-time player for the Cityzens. He went on to clinch it in two more occasions in 2019 and 2021. He was also an integral member of the French squad which won the World Cup in 2018 edition in Russia. Mendy, 29, played his last competitive game in August 2021 against Tottenham. He was arrested later that month for his trial and was entitled to custody for five more months.
He was acquitted of his cases last week after jurors failed to reach the verdict on two counts of assaults, as a result , several stars came out in social media to support him, including some strong expressions by Memphis Depay and Vinicius Junior. His lawyer Jenny Wiltshire has shared, “Benjamin Mendy would like to thank the members of the jury for focusing on the evidence in this trial, rather than on the rumor and innuendo that have followed this case from the outset. This is the second time that Mr. Mendy has been tried and found not guilty by a jury. He is delighted that both juries reached the correct verdicts. It has been almost three years since the police started investigating this matter.”
Return to home
His return to Lorient marks his comeback to the football circuit as he will represent another French side, previously playing for Le Havre, Marseille and Monaco over the years. He was one of the stars for a enterprising Monaco side which reached the semifinals of Champions League in 2017, as that marked his breakthrough in the European top-flight.