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Nampalys Mendy: “Ranieri knows how to make me improve.”

Leicester City’s brand new defensive midfielder Nampalys Mendy discussed his move to the Premier League champions in an interview with L’Équipe. Highlights.

On his first impressions of Leicester:

My first impressions are very good. Everyone came to me to aid me in settling in. It allows me to get my bearings quicker even if I do not speak the language well and that I am, for now, the only Frenchman here. I cannot wait for the entire squad to return and to get to my English lessons.

In terms of the facilities, it is different to Nice. They have more resources. It makes a difference notably in terms of the level of the gym!

On reuniting with Claudio Ranieri:

Our initial reunion went well. I was able to have my first discussion with him and he immediately put me at ease. He was happy to see me again and vice versa. He played a big part in me coming to Leicester.

He knows me and he knows how to improve me. He knew how to do that perfectly at Monaco. He is the same person, loyal to himself and always joyful. Even if he is pernickety and demanding when it comes to work.

On his ambitions:

I want to first prove that I can play and succeed in the Premier League. As a group, I want to help the club to stay on the run that it is on and therefore to win titles.

On following N’Golo Kanté’s footsteps & playing for France:

To play for the French national team, it is certainly a dream. But in my way of advancing, I am focusing solely on my work and on the pitch. The rest is not an obsession. For me, only work counts. And if your work is supposed to pay off, it will pay off.

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