Steven Fletcher recalls the day Benjamin Mendy walked into Marseille training in Bayern Munich kit 

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Steven Fletcher has told of the time ‘loony-bin’ Benjamin Mendy turned up for training at Marseille wearing a full Bayern Munich strip with Kingsley Coman’s name on the back.

The Scottish striker played alongside the Manchester City left back while on loan at the French club from Sunderland in 2016.

And Fletcher, now at Championship club Sheffield Wednesday, has revealed how Mendy was certainly a character in the dressing room.

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In an interview on Open Goal, Fletcher recalled: ‘What a player and what a loony bin, he is a cannon.

‘He came one day into training and nobody has batted an eyelid at this. I was the only one and I thought “is anyone going to say anything to him”.

‘He’s got a full Bayern Munich tracksuit on, a full Bayern Munich strip with Kingsley Coman on the back and a pair of shades on. It’s the south of France and absolutely roasting so he’s got the shades on.

‘Nobody has batted an eyelid at him and I’m there laughing and thinking everyone would join in. Nobody.

‘They are all [mimics clapping]and handshakes with him. Honestly man, what a guy.’

Fletcher spent the second half of the 2015-16 season at Marseille, where he scored three times in 13 appearances.

France international Mendy played 101 times in three seasons for the Stade Velodrome club before joining Monaco in 2016 and then City a year later for a fee of £52million.

Fletcher revealed that Mendy clearly knew he would eventually get a move to England because he was always pestering the striker for English lessons – to the detriment of Fletcher’s own language learning.

‘I had him in the gym with me all the time because he wanted to learn English,’ he said. ‘His English was terrible.

‘I think he knew that he wanted to come to England, they all want to come to England.

‘It was hard for me because I wanted to try and learn French but they all wanted to learn English and would speak English to me and get me to correct them.

‘I said “you’re killing me”. People were coming up to me in the street and speaking French to me and nobody is helping me.

‘But is was brilliant. The only English words he could say were “another day, another dollar”.’

 

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