LONDON, England — Benjamin Mendy has said he will “follow the rules” to ensure he can make an impact on Manchester City’s Quadruple bid.
Mendy made his first start since November as City reached the FA Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Brighton at Wembley on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has suffered two significant knee injuries since his £52 million move from Monaco in 2017, but is determined to make a contribution in the final stages of the season.
“I feel so good, and I am very happy,” he told reporters. “My teammates and the staff helped me a lot.
“I am not a doctor, I follow the rules. Sometimes when I came back, the swelling stayed. But now it’s good. I feel really fit and I want to give everything I can to help my team.
“I have missed a lot of games, but my teammates have been incredible so we need to trust and to believe, going to the end for a lot of trophies.”
City boss Pep Guardiola has a selection dilemma at full-back for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Tottenham after Kyle Walker suffered a hamstring injury against Brighton to join Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabian Delph on the injury list.
Guardiola had called on Mendy to prove he deserved a recall, particularly after he was allegedly seen out in the early hours of Saturday morning, and he could be in contention against Spurs.
“We have got to get a good rest and we will see after when we have seen the manager and followed the rules,” Mendy added.
Sergio Aguero could miss out at Tottenham, with Guardiola revealing that the Argentina international has not trained since picking up a knock in last weekend’s win at Fulham.
That could give another opportunity to Gabriel Jesus, who scored the winner against Brighton.
“I’m so happy to be in the FA Cup final as we want the titles,” Jesus said. “Of course we want to win the Quadruple, but we think just about the next game.
“When I decided to come to City I spoke with my family and my mum and I said I wanted to come here to win titles — to be champions.
“I looked at the players and the manager and said: ‘This is my place.’ I am glad, as I made a good decision.”