Benjamin Mendy flogging £5m mansion to avoid bankruptcy as ex-Man City star chases club for up to £10m in unpaid wages | The Sun

BENJAMIN Mendy is selling his £5million home and chasing Man City for millions to avoid bankruptcy after his retrial hell, a court heard.

The ex-Man City star, 29, who was cleared of rape and attempted rape, has not been paid by the club since September 2021.

He is now being chased for an £800,000 tax debt by HMRC, who are seeking a bankruptcy order.

The court was told Mendy's agent is "in negotiations with Manchester City to get back pay on the basis that he has been found not guilty".

His accountant said he was seeking "in the order of nine to 10 million pounds gross" from the Premier League winners.

Mendy's home in Cheshire has also been put on the market by estate agent Savills for £5million as the star attempts to claw back costs from his court battle.

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His accountant, who wasn't named, said: "He was very short of money indeed, the cost of the legal case were over one million pounds."

Mendy has moved to France after being handed a contract by French Ligue 1 side FC Lorient.

He left City when his contract expired in June after not playing for the club since his arrest in 2021.

City spent a reported £49.2million signing Mendy from French side Monaco in 2017 on a six-year contract.

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His deal guaranteed him a basic £100,000-a-week salary and up to £170,000 with bonuses.

The court was told his debt to HMRC is £788,409.

Judge Clive Jones said: "I'm very unimpressed at the lack of information that's been provided both to HMRC and to the court prior to this hearing.

"That, I really think, is the wrong step for him to take."

The proceedings were adjourned until October 4 to allow time for Mendy to sell his home.

The star wept as he was cleared of one count of rape and one of attempted rape last month.

Mendy, who said the encounters were consensual, was previously found not guilty on a string of other charges following a trial.

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