Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has offered an update on the fitness of full back Benjamin Mendy, while the returning Angelino has admitted his aim is ‘to make the position mine’.
On Thursday night, it was announced the World Cup winner would likely be out for the first month of the season, as he continues his rehabilitation in Barcelona. The Frenchman will not return to training with City until next month, meaning his most feasible return date will likely be the clash with Norwich on September 14.
PEP ? @benmendy23 is getting better.
Hopefully when we get back from the tour he will join us.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 19, 2019
And, speaking to the press ahead of their clash against Wolves on Saturday, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, Guardiola revealed: “Benjamin Mendy
However, one man who won’t be hoping for such a return is recent re-signing Angelino, who the Citizens brought back for £6m after triggering their buy-back clause following the departure of Fabian Delph and the continued struggles of £52m left back Mendy.
And, speaking to the Mirror
The 22-year-old declared: “Zinchenko is doing really well even though he is playing out of position, but my aim is to make the position mine.
“It was always my objective to get back to the club – and it worked. I had the clause in the contract to come back so it was up to me to have a good season and see what happened.
“Thanks to the two seasons I had at Breda [on loan] and PSV, I am here again. I started here at ?City
“I played in the Champions League at PSV and it was amazing. But there have been big changes at City. Pep has changed the style of play. He has made the team very dominant. I would say every player wants to play for a team that wants to dominate the ball.”