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Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy facing uncertain future after Pep Guardiola row - sources

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy facing uncertain future after Pep Guardiola row - sources

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Benjamin Mendy is facing an uncertain future at Manchester City after angering Pep Guardiola with his attitude on and off the pitch this season -- the latest incident seeing the player report three hours late for treatment last Sunday.

The 24-year-old, a £52 million signing from Monaco in July 2017, is sidelined with a metatarsal injury and unavailable for Saturday's Premier League clash with Brighton at the Etihad.

But sources have told ESPN FC that Mendy's future has been questioned by Guardiola because of his increasing annoyance with the France international's professionalism.

Sources have also said Guardiola was furious with Mendy on Sunday when the player reported three hours late for treatment at the cub's training ground.

When asked about Mendy at his prematch news conference on Friday, Guardiola said: "Yes, he was late. I have spoken to him.

"They [players] know that they have to be here on time."

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Mendy had spent Saturday evening at Wembley, watching Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title fight against Alexander Povetkin and had been due to receive treatment the following morning.

But his late arrival at the training ground was regarded as the final straw by Guardiola, who had already become exasperated by Mendy's approach prior to that.

Guardiola attempted to play down the incident and said: "It happens that players are late because they have to drop the kids at school."

Mendy received a 12-month driving ban last Friday after accumulating 24 penalty points on his licence for failing to respond to police letters requesting confirmation that he was the driver for four separate speeding offences.

The defender has made just 13 senior appearances for City since arriving from Monaco due to a cruciate ligament injury sustained in September 2017.

Despite that, he was named in France's World Cup-winning squad this summer before returning to action with City at the start of this season.

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