Benjamin Mendy, the former Manchester City star, has been given the opportunity to revive his football career with Ligue 1 side Lorient. This comes after he was acquitted of charges of raping a young woman and attempting to rape another. The verdict was delivered by Chester Crown Court last week, clearing Mendy of all accusations.
Without wasting any time, Mendy has seized the chance to restart his professional journey. He has inked a two-year contract with Lorient, marking his return to French football since his departure from Monaco to join Manchester City back in 2017.
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Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy, has today announced his transfer to a new club following his departure from the team and the acquittal in a serious rape case.
The French international had been with Manchester City since the 2017/18 season and was part of the team’s run to capture successive Premier League titles in 2018 and 2019.
Yet, news of a rape trial involving the 26 year-old midfielder arose this past June, during the annual international break. Despite this, Manchester City had agreed to keep him on their team and allowed him to practice with the squad in preparation for the upcoming season. The Trial was held last week and concluded with a not guilty ruling, freeing Mendy from the accusations of rape.
Mendy has now inked a multi-million Pound contract with French side Olympique Lyonnais. Mendy said that he had grown tired of Manchester City’s inconsistent playing style and added that the chance to sign with the French club provided the ideal platform for him to start fresh and get a move closer to his family and friends.
In a statement via Twitter, Mendy added; “I am grateful for the amazing memories and successes I shared with Manchester City. But, I was humbled by the chance to return to my home country to join Olympique Lyonnais and I’m eager to begin that journey. It is a fresh start for me and I hope to make it a successful one in the upcoming season.”
The move brings to an end a turbulent period in Mendy’s career. He will now look to show his form on the pitch and demonstrate that the attempted smear campaign only made him stronger.