Nampalys Mendy admits he wants to leave Leicester City just a year after arriving at the club, as he seeks a return to France and Bordeaux.
The 25-year-old signed a four-year contract with the then Premier League champions just last summer, after a £13million fee was agreed with Nice. Billed as a replacement for the influential N’Golo Kante, who left to win another title with Chelsea, the midfielder endured a frustrating season in England as an ankle injury restricted him to just nine appearances in all competitions.
Craig Shakespeare will be hoping Mendy enjoys a better time of it during his second season at the King Power Stadium, but it now appears as though he may be plying his trade elsewhere. Speaking to L’Equipe, the former France Under-21 international has revealed that he is more than interested in a summer move to Bordeaux, who have reportedly shown an interest.
“Since my adviser talked to me about the possibility of joining Bordeaux, I’m set on it,” he said. “I’ve lost a year in England because of a failed ankle surgery, which needed a second operation in March. Even though I am not 100 per cent yet, I have just returned from an excellent rehabilitation phase. And now I have the hope of rallying the Girondins [Bordeaux] fairly quickly. It’s even an obsession.”