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Benjamin Mendy confident of success after joining Manchester City

The 23-year-old Frenchman was part of the Monaco team which won last season's French title and knocked out Pep Guardiola's City on its way to the Champions League semifinals.

In a statement, Los Blancos said: "The club would like to thank the player for his professionalism, commitment and dedication throughout his time at Real Madrid and wishes him all the best in this new stage of his career".

Speaking to the club's website, Mendy admitted: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City".

Manager Pep Guardiola is focused on the future with City, explaining on Thursday that the players he is targeting this summer "are young players, with the next three, four, five years in mind".

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Guardiola had made full-backs his top transfer priority in the close season having released Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna.

The Premier League club confirmed on Monday that Mendy has joined on a five-year deal for a reported fee of £52million.

After deciding to continue his football in France, Mendy rose through the development system at Monaco and established himself as one of Europe's most promising youngsters.

The arrival of Mendy took City's spending to over £200m this summer, with goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and full-backs Danilo and Kyle Walker also arriving at the club.

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The Spanish worldwide started ahead of Danilo in the Champions League final in Cardiff as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 to lift their 12th European Cup.

Raheem Sterling got behind Mendy to score City's opener as the English Premier League side ran out 5-3 winners in February's Champions League last-16 first leg, but the left-back was Monaco's top-rated defender in the game.

"Anything can happen until August 31, but I am not asking for anything so headlines wrong", Zidane told reporters after the penalty shootout defeat to Manchester United in pre-season had concluded.

Mendy said: "I am very proud". We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.

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