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Benjamin Mendy joins Lorient after acquittal on rape, sexual assault charges

BENJAMIN Mendy has officially signed for Lorient in the French top flight less than a week after he was found not guilty of raping one woman and attempting to rape another in England.

The acquittals after a retrial at a court in Chester cleared the 29-year-old Frenchman of all of the allegations of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault made against him by six women.

The left-back was suspended by Manchester City in August 2021 after being charged by police and was released by the club last month at the end of his contract.

Now, just five days after his acquittal, the former Monaco star has found a club in his home country.

“FC Lorient is pleased to announce today the signing for two seasons of French international left-back Benjamin Mendy (29),” the club announced on their official website today.

“After having satisfied the traditional medical examination, Benjamin Mendy, world champion 2018, quadruple winner of the Premier League under the colours of Manchester City and French champion of Ligue 1 with Monaco in particular, comes to reinforce the Lorient workforce for this new season.

“The native of Longjumeau, who will wear number 5 with the Merlus, will take his first steps at Espace FCL today. Welcome Benjamin!”

Mendy, who has made 10 appearances for France, last played professional football in August 2021, in Manchester City’s Premier League game against Tottenham.

He joined City from Monaco for £52m in 2017, a world-record fee for a defender at the time.

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