Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that Benjamin Mendy had no intention of sealing a move to Chelsea this summer despite a number of reports linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge.
However, the French international told Vasilyev a number of times that he would reject a move to Chelsea in favour of sticking with the Ligue 1 champions.
Mendy apparently only wanted to work under Pep Guardiola and sealed a move to Manchester City in July for a fee of around £52million.
In an exclusive interview with French publication L’Equipe, Vasilyev explained the defender’s thought process: “For a while, we held off.
“And then, we thought – in spite of the offers that we had had for him and him indicating that he wanted to leave – could he have another season like the last one?
“At first, I said, ‘no, you’re staying’. He replied: ‘But Vadim, I really want to go to City and link up with Guardiola.’
“On numerous occasions he said to me: ‘If it was Chelsea, I’d stay; but if it’s a chance to work with Guardiola, I want to go.’
“He’d spoken so frankly with me. So, when City met the asking price and when he became the most expensive defender in the world, there were no more arguments to have with him.
“We weighed up the for and against and said to him: “OK, you can go.”
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