Former Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy could take legal action against the club, seeking financial compensation following his suspension by the Premier League champions.
According to L’Equipe, talks between Mendy and Man City have already commenced.
The 29-year-old’s tumultuous legal ordeal reached a turning point last month when the court acquitted him of all charges related to sexual crimes.
Shortly after the verdict, Mendy secured a fresh start by signing a two-year contract with Ligue 1 club Lorient.
Despite the positive outcome in court and his new footballing opportunity, Mendy’s legal battles appear far from over.
The report states that City froze the French international’s wages immediately after his arrest became public on August 26, 2021.
This suspension came during the second to the last year of his six-year contract with the Cityzens. The deal expired in June amid his second trial.
With his legal matters resolved, Mendy is now reportedly focused on recouping all or a portion of the wages frozen during the final two years of his contract.
Mendy has taken a significant step towards rebuilding his career with Lorient, but he has to navigate the financial repercussions of his suspension.
The 2018 World Cup winner is unlikely to feature in Lorient’s Ligue 1 opener against reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. He will concentrate on his fitness recovery process.
However, while he showed glimpses of his ability, injuries hampered his time with the Premier League champions. He bagged three goals and 14 assists in 75 appearances for the club.
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