Nampalys Mendy has been thrust into the starting defensive midfield spot for Leicester City and the 26-year-old has laid down all the praise for the manager, Claude Puel.
Since signing with the Foxes back in 2016, Mendy struggled to establish himself in the first team. An ankle injury dropped him further down the pecking order and the Frenchman had to be sent out on loan to Nice to rejuvenate his career.
Speaking to the press about his relationship with the Leicester boss, Mendy said, “He appreciates me, trusts me. I owe it to him to give back on the pitch. We don’t talk a lot but we know we can count on each other. We understand each other. Basically, it’s like at Nice, when he gave me the armband really young. I never forgot that.”
Mendy had only 10 appearances to his name for the Foxes before this season but seems like the Leicester’s new go-to midfield enforcer. The 26-year-old has operates from deep to create a shield in front of the Leicester defence.
Leicester paid out £13m to get him a couple of seasons back which was a club record at the time, later broken by Ahmed Musa.
Mendy jokingly admitted that Puel still joins the players in training. “Yes, yes, he never gives up and comes in with some big tackles (laughs)”.
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