Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is being very impatient to receive a text message which will inform him about football resume permission.
As players boarded on a phased arrival to training in small, socially distant groups, the Premier League began stepping up ‘Project Restart’ this week.
Next month is registered for a resumption of play and City left-back Mendy is champing at the bit.
“I can’t wait” said the winner of the World Cup. “We are just waiting for the green light. We’ll start on this date and that date everywhere we see.”
“Now I’m waiting for the guys to write to us to tell us the league will start at this time and we’ll be so happy.”
“But I know when we are back they will take all the precautions.”
“It’s not like they’re going to just say ‘let’s go play,’ they’re going to check it out and I think that’s why it takes time.”
“And when? We don’t know, we can’t make a decision about anything, we need to follow the club. I think we all want to protect people first and then why not if we can play then? We ‘re going to wait and see.”
Mendy began painting and improved his cooking skills which coincided with Ramadan’s start, during the lockdown.
“Football has been missing by all the people, but now for Muslims, it means I can be more focused on Ramadan,” he said (via Sky Sports)
“We can’t train, we can fast, but the mosques are closed, and at Eid, we can’t go out and see family.”
“That’s how I missed soccer, but it makes you focus on the most important things. I’ve tried every day to develop myself and learn.’”