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Benjamin Mendy explains Man City players’ stance on restarting Premier League season


Benjamin Mendy says he and his Manchester City teammates are waiting for the green light to re-start the Premier League season, so long as safety is put first.

City last played in early March, and returned to training for the first time in two months on Friday.

Players have been keeping fit at home during the lockdown, with regular guidance from club staff as well as remote sessions for members of the squad to all log on to the same meeting.

Premier League regulations mean they can start training again in groups of five, with social distancing guidelines in place restricting contact with other players and team meetings must be done online.

Mendy admits the isolation has not been easy, especially as he is fasting for Ramadan, but said he has used the time to learn new skills and improve his cooking.

“The quarantine has not been easy,” he said.

“It is very difficult for everyone. I think to stay at home, not move, only go to the shop to buy food, that has been very difficult for everyone. Now it is getting better, but we need to be careful and to follow the rules.”

There has been plenty of debate over when – and how – the Premier League season should resume, and Mendy says he would be itching to get the campaign back underway as long as it is safe to do so.

He continued: “I can’t wait. We are just waiting for the green light. Everywhere we see we are going to start on this date and that date. Now I wait for the guys to text us to tell us the league is going to start at this time, and we are going to be so happy.

“But I know they are going to take all the precautions when we are back. It’s not like they are just going to say ‘let’s go play’, they are going to check everything and I think that’s why it takes time.

“When? We don’t know, we can’t decide anything, we need to follow the club. I think all of us firstly want to protect the people and then if we can play then why not? We will wait and see.”

Expanding on how he has found lockdown, Mendy explained how he has started painting alongside his fitness work at home.

He said: “I tried to keep busy [during this time]. First of all, I was just working out and training, but then I wanted to learn some new stuff as well so I started painting and I like it now. Some of my family bought me some stuff to make cooking easier, it helps to learn, and it has been nice.

“I try to keep busy and do some new stuff. I hope everyone is good and all the families are safe. I know that this is a difficult moment, but it is going to be better.”

“All of the people have missed football, but at this time now, for Muslim people it means I can be more focused on Ramadan. We don’t train, we can fast, but the mosques are closed and we can’t go out or see family at Eid. So I have missed the football but it makes you focus on the more important things. I have tried to develop myself and learn every day.”





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