Benjamin Mendy believes he has made the right move in joining Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and is confident he can prove his worth in the Premier League.
The left-back’s signing takes City’s spending past the £200m mark, and the £52m spent on him is a world-record fee for a defender, narrowly overtaking the previous record held by Kyle Walker (£51m), who was also signed by City earlier in the window.
Both they and fellow summer arrivals Danilo and Ederson join John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, and Eliaquim Mangala as part of the most expensive defensive unit in world football.
“I think I am the right person for the group. I am easily adaptable,” Mendy told the club’s official website.
“There are some players with whom I exchanged a few emails, (as) I knew them from some years ago.
“I can bring a lot of creativity in the game, I can offer different solutions, I like to take to play as full-back and provide assists for the strikers.
“I am very proud of joining Manchester City, this is what I wanted from the very beginning.
“As soon as the championship was over, I talked to my family and it was all clear in my head, I wanted to join Manchester City. I’m really happy about it.
“Since I was a kid it was a dream to play in the Premier League and I will do everything I can to enjoy every minute of it.”
Mendy’s claim to be a creative left-back is supported by the eight assists he provided in 31 starts for Monaco in their title-winning campaign, as well as his record of 1.71 chances created per 90 minutes in the Champions League (via Squawka).
These qualities are sure to have enticed Pep Guardiola into parting with such a hefty transfer fee to get his man, as he bids to improve on his first-ever trophyless season. However, the player appears to be equally as excited at the prospect of working with his new manager as well:
“(City) 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.”