Premier League star Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of seven of the nine charges against him.
The 28-year-old left back has been cleared of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault after a trial which began in August 2022. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on one count of rape and one of attempted rape - meaning a retrial will take place later this year on June 26.
The French defender was suspended by Manchester City after his arrest in August 2021 and hasn’t featured for the club since the opening day defeat to Tottenham last season. But when does Mendy’s Manchester City contract expire and is he still on the payroll at the club? Here is everything you need to know.
When did Manchester City sign Benjamin Mendy?
Manchester City signed Benjamin Mendy on 24 July 2017 for a reported fee of £52 million. The transfer fee made him the most expensive defender in football history at the time.
While the fee was very expensive at the time it was widely viewed as an ambitious signing. Mendy had played 34 times for Monaco in the previous season - helping the club to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years and also playing an integral role in their road to the Champions League semi-final.
The French defender struggled to live up to the expectations during his first four seasons with the club and suffered a series of long term injuries.
Mendy was also a member of the French squad which won the World Cup in 2018 - he made one substitute appearance during the tournament in a group stage game against Denmark.
When does Benjamin Mendy’s Manchester City contract expire?
Benjamin Mendy was given a six year contract at Manchester City when he signed for the club in 2017, meaning his current contract with the club will expire at the end of this season. Contracts usually end on 30 June, which will mean his deal will expire during his retrial - which starts on 26 June and is set to last around three weeks.
The French defender signed a £28 million contract with the Citizens which reportedly saw him pick up an annual average salary of around £4.6 million a year. Manchester City suspended Mendy after his arrest at the start of last season.
The French World Cup winner told Chester Crown Court that the champions withdrew his salary in September 2021. Mendy was acquitted of seven sexual offences, and still denies one charge of rape and one charge of attempted rape.