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Mendy promises to follow the rules at Man City

Guardiola has called for Mendy to be more professional if he wants to win his place back. Credit: PA

Benjamin Mendy insists he is no troublemaker and vowed to stick to the rulebook as the Manchester City left-back looks to make up for lost time.

The 24-year-old has endured a topsy-turvy time since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in 2017.

Mendy's first season with City was brought to an abrupt halt by a cruciate ligament injury and, having helped France win the World Cup, on Saturday he made his first start since undergoing meniscus surgery in November.

The full-back helped seal a hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Brighton, but the questions after did not only revolve around fitness.

Disciplined last September for reporting late to have treatment on a foot injury after attending a boxing event, Mendy was this week subject of reports that he was in a nightclub in the early hours having not been included in the squad for Fulham later that same day.

"I feel so good, and I am very happy," the City defender said.

"The team-mates and the staff have been really good.

"I am not a doctor. I follow the rules. The excuse is not one.

"This injury (following an attempted comeback in January)... when I came back sometimes the swelling stayed.

"But now it's good, we can forget the past and think about the future.

"I feel really fit and I want to give everything I can to help my team."