Date: 8th July 2019 at 5:54pm
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Manchester City last week confirmed they had re-signed Angelino from PSV Eindhoven for an undisclosed fee – the move could spell the end for Benjamin Mendy.

Now that City have Angelino; they have five players all capable of playing left back and at least one could have to be moved on or accept that they won’t play much this season.

Pep Guardiola has Oleksandr Zinchenko, Angelino, Fabian Delph, Aymeric Laporte, and Benjamin Mendy, and it is the latter whom we believe will be the one to suffer from Angelino’s signing.

The reason for this is because Zinchenko has just signed a new deal and though, he is not a natural left back he has performed well in that position on quite a few occasions and ended the season as Guardiola’s first choice.

Delph could be moved on, but his versatility and the influence he has in the dressing room might mean he stays – plus he counts towards the minimum domestic quota.

Laporte is not going anywhere and, though, he is a better centre back he is such a class act that Guardiola probably has full confidence in him playing anywhere across the backline.

That leaves Mendy who since joining City two years ago, for £52m, has had a horrid time with injuries and therefore has only made 23 appearances.

He started like a train and recorded six assists, but then he was hit by a shocking knee injury against Crystal Palace and has not really recovered since.

Guardiola also spoke last season of his off-the-field behaviour and seemed irritated at how irresponsible a 24-year-old could be so maybe the signing of Angelino is the end for Mendy?

The combination of injuries and disruptive behaviour is not something that a manager like Guardiola would be happy to put up with and now that Angelino has re-signed will City start looking for potential destinations for Mendy?

 

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