Man City coach Guardiola confused over Mendy's whereabouts

Man City coach Guardiola confused over Mendy's whereabouts

City manager Pep Guardiola was unsure of Mendy's whereabouts ahead of Sunday's Premier League showdown against Chelsea, with the French left-back recovering from a knee injury.

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has caused confusion over his whereabouts by claiming on Instagram that he was in Hong Kong on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

"I have to install Instagram on my account to control my players because I don't know, really I don't know. Fuck, he's a lucky guy!"

At his Friday press conference Guardiola was bemused by suggestions Mendy might be in Hong Kong.

'He's injured, it's not easy - meniscus.

"Before, he said I'm going for a day to Paris", Guardiola explained. "You have to know!"

Questioned further on whether he would be alright with Mendy making such a long trip, he said: "No, definitely not".

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Mendy has gained a large following - he has 1.13 million Twitter followers and 2.6 million followers on Instagram - thanks to his humorous personality.

Mendy quickly took to Twitter to clear his name, joking that he didn't want any problems with Guardiola. This was in reference to the Instagram post, which was a video in which he included the driver.

His fellow City full back Kyle Walker also got in on the act, taking a lighthearted dig at his teammate for not being in training.

The Frenchman had been in Barcelona recuperating from a knee cartilage injury but posed a video on social media claiming to be in the far east.

But Guardiola may not see the amusing side this time - after the 2-0 win against Arsenal in the opening game of the season, he half-jokingly called on Mendy to focus less on social media and more on developing as a player.

The former Barcelona boss warned the full-back in August that he needed to forget about the internet and focus on his football as he looked to put an injury-hit first season with the English champions behind him.

"People believed managers arrive at good clubs and immediately create something", he said.

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