Chelsea’s summer target was not desperate to sign for the Premier League Champions according to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.
Benjamin Mendy was a target for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte during the summer transfer before he joined Manchester City from Monaco with a transfer fee of £52 million.
As reported by Metro, Vadim reveals that Mendy was not interested in working with Conte that he will be willing to remain with Monaco if he is unable to secure a move to Manchester City to work with Pep Guardiola.
RELATED: Man City 5 : 0 L'Pool: City show class in an easy winAt 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.
Manchester City and Chelsea were involved in a serious battle in a bid to sign the French international full back during the transfer period but the defender was interested in City’s project.
Chelsea was also linked with Juventus’ Alex Sandro throughout the summer but instead turned to Torino’s Davide Zappacosta on the final day of the transfer window, to provide competition for both Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses.
Mendy has enjoyed a strong start to life in the Premier League under Guardiola, winning three of their opening four. The Frenchman himself played a key role in City’s 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool on Saturday.