Former Manchester Metropolis defender Benjamin Mendy has signed a two-year take care of French membership Lorient, 5 days after being cleared of rape.
Mendy left Metropolis final month on the expiration of his contract, having not performed for the Premier League and Champions League winners since 2021.
The 29-year-old was cleared of rape and tried rape at Chester Crown Court docket final Friday.
Mendy, who progressed by means of Le Harve’s academy earlier than establishing himself throughout three seasons at Marseille, joined Metropolis in 2017 for a reported price of £52million after a solitary marketing campaign with Monaco.
Benjamin Mendy signe deux ans au FC Lorient.
— FC LORIENT (@FCLorient) July 19, 2023
He would go on to be concerned in three Premier League title wins with Pep Guardiola’s aspect however his final look occurred in the course of the opening sport of the 2021-22 in defeat at Tottenham.
Later that very same month, Mendy was reprimanded in custody after being charged with 4 counts of rape and one rely of sexual assault in August 2021.
Metropolis suspended the French full-back, who was granted bail the next January however solely after being charged with three extra counts of rape.
In Might 2022, Mendy pleaded not responsible to seven costs of rape, one tried rape and one sexual assault.
The subsequent month he was charged with one other rely of rape, and in September he was discovered not responsible on one cost of rape.
Mendy was discovered not responsible of six counts of rape and one courtroom of sexual assault in January, however the identical jury couldn’t attain a verdict on one other rely of rape and one rely of tried rape.
It noticed a retrial and final week Mendy was discovered not responsible of 1 cost of rape and one cost of tried rape, which has allowed the defender to renew his skilled profession.
Lorient completed tenth in Ligue 1 final season underneath Regis Le Bris and the participant will start work together with his new membership on Wednesday.
“FC Lorient is happy to announce in the present day the signing for 2 seasons of French worldwide left-back Benjamin Mendy,” a membership assertion learn.
“The native of Longjumeau, who will put on quantity 5 with the Merlus, will take his first steps at Espace FCL in the present day. Welcome Benjamin!”