Manchester City decided not to buy a left-back

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Manchester City have decided to abandon their plans to acquire a left-back in the coming summer.

The club from Etihad had high hopes for Benjamin Mendy, inviting him from Monaco in 2017. However, the Frenchman became a big disappointment for the Citizens’ head coach Josep Guardiola.

In England, Mendy showed himself to be an overly traumatic player, who, in addition, had problems with discipline. Guardiola has been chastising Benjamin repeatedly, even in public.

Over the past months, there have been persistent rumors that City are looking for a new left-back, but Sky Sports has learned that these plans have been curtailed – and there were two reasons why.

Firstly, at Etihad, there is a feeling that the 24-year-old Frenchman has finally coped with his adaptation process. Earlier this month, Benjamin played in the team’s starting line-up against Brighton, Crystal Palace and Tottenham, and promised to work on his behavior.

The second reason was Alexander Zinchenko’s powerful progress, who turned into Mendy’s main substitute on the left flank of defense, winning the competition from Danilo and Fabian Delph.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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