Benjamin Mendy: Pep Guardiola speaks to left-back over lateness

Chris Hughton has lauded Pep Guardiola for his impact on English football

Chris Hughton has lauded Pep Guardiola for his impact on English football

The France worldwide is out with a foot injury and will miss Saturday's Premier League match against Brighton.

Aguero guaranteed City would take the points when he finished off a neat one-two with Raheem Sterling to score his 15th goal in City's last 11 Premier League games at home.

Guardiola was asked about Mendy's current situation during a pre-match press conference on Saturday, and initially tried to downplay the problem.

Sane now has one goal and three assists to his name this season, having found the target 14 times and laid on 19 more across all competitions last term. I know how they fight. People maybe did not expect Zinchenko would play but he played good. "He played good last game [the EFL Cup win at Oxford United], so [Saturday] he deserved to play again".

Although it has always been suspected that Guardiola (akin to Jose Mourinho across the city) looks unfavourably upon such behaviour, serious cracks in the relationship between the City boss and Mendy have reportedly appeared this week. Mendy's timekeeping has been a problem before and Guardiola was disappointed by the 24-year-old's tardiness to a physio session. The France global has also been criticised for his social media use and has taken a break since being pictured at Anthony Joshua's fight in London last Saturday night, hours before his late appearance. "Kevin is making the lest steps now so we hope to see him back soon".

"I'm a big friend of Mendy's".

"You see it - the way we focus on every single ball", he said. He's a great guy and a fantastic player.

"Mendy is training much better, but I don't know exactly when he will be ready".

Looking worthy of the extravagant fee his purchase required both at the start of this and last season, Mendy has yet to put a sustained number of appearances together in a City shirt.

Goal journalist Sam Lee posted a video on Twitter of Guardiola's response to the question, in which he eventually confirmed that he had talked to Mendy about the incident. "So the players must realise about their progression, and we can suggest to him, them, but it's themselves".

City have scored 21 goals in their seven Premier League games this season - a better strike rate than the record 106 they got last season.

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