Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City can reach title winning heights

Grant SmithSep 30, 2018

Pep Guardiola has had words with Benjamin Mendy after the Manchester City defender reported late for treatment on Sunday having posted pictures of himself at the boxing at Wembley the previous night.

After arriving in Manchester in 2017 in what was an expensive transfer, Mendy suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury which sidelined him for the majority of the season.

It is not the first time that Mendy has turned up late this season and Guardiola is not happy with the 24-year-old.

Some reports have suggested that the extrovert star was up to three hours late for the compulsory session with City's training staff and Guardiola revealed that he has spoken to him.

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. I know everybody and how they fight even though it's a long time since we won at Anfield'.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) and Kevin De Bruyne (knee) are long-term absentees while Guardiola will have to decide on who to rotate in his side ahead of the trip to face Hoffenheim next week.

Champions League success has eluded Vincent Kompany during his trophy-laden spell at the club
Champions League success has eluded Vincent Kompany during his trophy-laden spell at the club

"At the end, we're going to see what happened at the end of the season".

"He was injured six seven months last season".

The Belgium global suffered the injury in August and was expected to be out for three months, but it is hoped he could be back in time for the Manchester derby on November 11. "So everything is going well", Guardiola said.

"It's not important if he starts or plays a lot of minutes, he's part of the group", he said.

If he does decide that City are better off without the World Cup victor, though, there will certainly be no shortage of potential suitors trying to secure Mendy's signature. "He is a young player and has to make his own career step by step".

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