Mendy has rejected to extend his stay at the Stade Louis II.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes is showing he has inherited predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson’s eye for potential as he prepares to snap up AS Monaco starlet Nampalys Mendy on a free transfer, reports the Metro.
The France under-21 midfielder has been a stalwart in Claudio Ranieri’s side this season, having featured 36 times, but with the influx of money and new players at the club Mendy felt he wouldn’t get the same opportunity in 2013/14.
Therefore the 20-year-old told his coach he no longer wants to play in the Principality and a move to United looks ready to go ahead.
Ranieri himself seems baffled by the move but is resigned to the fact his young talent will be leaving Monaco.
“I do not understand his attitude,” Ranieri said to L’Equipe about his player’s decision.
“As soon as I saw him play, I said here is our [Claude] Makelele. I trusted him and I played him.
“I think he will miss out a great deal. But it’s his life, not mine. He has preferred to listen to his brother and agent and not his coach. It’s a shame.”
In the last few weeks a move from Mendy to Old Trafford has become more and more likely and now it seems Moyes is ready to confirm the deal.
The young midfielder has earned the favourable comparisons with former Real Madrid and Chelsea star Makelele for his defensive capabilities in front of the back four – by breaking up the opposition’s attack and quickly distributing the ball.
Although this is perhaps not the most glamourous role in the team it is certainly one of the most important and if Mendy can be half as influential as the ex-France man was in the centre of the park, he will certainly do well in the Premier League.