Benjamin Mendy’s Manchester City future is in increasing doubt after it emerged Pep Guardiola banned him from the entire first-team set-up for a week after he was late for treatment last Sunday.
According to Sam Lee of Goal, Guardiola is losing patience with the Frenchman, despite his tactical importance to City, and as soon as Mendy walked through the door after being late, Pep told him to leave and subsequently barred him from first-team activities for a week.
Mendy was kept away from the City squad during their preparations for the Oxford United and Brighton games, and his injury and disciplinary problems have led to Oleksandr Zinchenko getting new opportunities in the team, with the Ukrainian impressing against Brighton.
The report further states that this is not the first time that Mendy has been punished this season for his off-field conduct and coupled with a 12 month driving ban he has received in recent weeks, he is testing Guardiola’s patience. Pep is known to value and demand absolute professionalism and commitment from his players, and is unhappy with Mendy’s attitude.
The 24-year-old, who is known for his entertaining Twitter and Instagram posts, has been unusually quiet on social media in the past week, which is hopefully a sign that he is taking Guardiola’s ban seriously and will focus on maximising his enormous ability on the pitch.
Mendy started the season on fire with four assists in four Premier League appearances before he suffered a foot injury that continues to keep him out of action.