• Left-back training in Barcelona for potential October return
• ‘If Benjamin is fit, he will have success. He has a special quality’
Pep Guardiola says Benjamin Mendy is working “like an animal” to have a successful Manchester City career following an injury-blighted first two years at the club.
The left-back was signed for £52m in the summer of 2017, a then world record fee for a defender, but a series of knee and other problems have limited him to 17 Premier League appearances. The 25-year-old’s last game was on 17 April, when City lost their Champions League quarter-final to Spurs despite a 4-3 win on the night. While Mendy did not finish that match, he has stepped up his training and could return after the international break in October.