After his performances for Monaco last season, it was no surprise to see that Benjamin Mendy was one of several high-profile summer departures from the Ligue 1 champions.
His destination, as was the case with Bernardo Silva, was Manchester City – the club Monaco dumped out of last season’s Champions League at the last 16 stage.
A thigh injury meant the French international had to wait until the game at Bournemouth to make his debut for the club. By this stage, he’d already achieved cult hero status with many City supporters thanks to a string of amusing tweets and Instagram posts.
Having adapted well to life on the field with his new teammates, Mendy’s tweets have continued to rack up plenty of retweets.
As well as poking fun at Kyle Walker following City’s 5-0 win over Liverpool, he’s also jokingly suggested that EA Sports, makers of Fifa 18, should reassess his 78 rating on the new game.
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) September 14, 2017
With City currently joint top of the Premier League with neighbours United, Mendy has followed several of the team’s victories with tweets describing them as ‘shark team’ – something that’s prompted a fair bit of curiosity from some of the club’s supporters.
dont know what this shark team stuff is about. but ill let it slide cos its mendy.
— Feeding Goater (@FeedingGoater) September 13, 2017
Can you explain what the shark team is? @benmendy23
— Henry⚡️ (@MendyMadness) September 13, 2017
Speaking to James Ducker as part of an exclusive in The Telegraph, he’s now explained his reasons for calling City this.
“We’re the big shark and when teams swim up alongside us we gobble them up,” he says.
Ah, so now we know.
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) September 16, 2017
Mendy and the rest of the Shark Team host Crystal Palace this weekend as they look to continue their strong start to the season.