Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy has admitted that Pep Guardiola told him to “calm down” after a number of extravagant posts on social media.
The French international joined the club in 2017 for a reported fee of £52m, after spending a single title-winning season with AS Monaco, and has developed somewhat of a cult following for his willingness to engage with fans on Twitter and Instagram.
But his antics in the past haven’t impressed everybody, with manager Pep Guardiola reportedly furious with some of Mendy’s posts when he was out injured last season.
Now, Mendy has revealed, in an interview with FourFourTwo, that his manager’s previous comments of “sometimes we want to kill him” did indeed ring true, and that the Spaniard had told him to take a step back.
“[Pep] told me to calm down,” Mendy began.
藍藍藍 it was just joking with my uber driver I dont want no problems Pep
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) February 8, 2019
“I got a call from the club asking, ‘Where are you?'” he added. “I was in Barcelona recovering! It was a joke but people went crazy. Sometimes I didn’t think when I was tweeting, but then it goes deeper. Now I think a bit more.”
Mendy did revealed his admiration for Guardiola, revealing how the pair first met when he signed, and how highly he thinks of him as a manager.
“I was sitting on a chair, he walked over to shake my hand and then just gave me a little kiss on my head. That was a surprise – I wasn’t ready for it.”
“Honestly, though, Pep is just unbelievable. Tactically he’s amazing, but it’s also the way he makes you feel. He’s the manager, but he can be your friend, too.
“You can talk openly, and he’ll make you feel good. You aren’t scared to approach him like some managers – he makes you so relaxed. That’s good for a player. The way he speaks about football, you feel it; you can see how much he loves it and you want to fight for him. After he’s done [talking], you’re ready.”