Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy reveals United legend Patrice Evra is his idol

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MANCHESTER CITY fans may want to look away now… because Benjamin Mendy’s idol is a RED!

Mendy has revealed fellow Frenchman and United legend Patrice Evra was his hero growing up.

Benjamin Mendy revealed Patrice Evra was his idol growing up
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Manchester City’s current left-back was inspired by Evra at club rivals United
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Evra chalked up five Prem titles and tasted Champ­ions League glory in eight trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.

Now City’s £49.3million man hopes to win Evra-thing in the North West, too.

Ambitious Mendy, who picked up a league winner’s medal in his debut season at City, said: “When I was young I liked Evra in my position at left-back.

“And then it was Dani Alves on the right side. But now I try to do my best to become the No 1 player myself.”

Mendy was also inspired by Brazilian full-back Dani Alves down the right flank
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Ironically, World Cup winner Mendy, 24, had been tipped as a possible replacement for Evra, now 37, when he left United in 2014.

And things may have worked out very differently if Brazilian veteran Alves, 35, had not snubbed a move to City last summer.

In the end, Alves joined mega-rich French club Paris Saint-Germain, Mendy quit Monaco for the Etihad — and the rest is history.

Mendy already boasts an impressive collection of silverware.

Mendy made 11 appearances in all competitions last season but won the Premier League and the World Cup
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For several weeks after winning the World Cup, he did not let the medal out of his sight — carrying it around in his pocket.

He told anyone who would listen on Manchester City’s pre-season American tour: “This is part of my skin for the next four years.”

As for the Premier League gong he won in May, that takes pride of place on the mantelpiece at home.

Ahead of City hosting new boys Fulham today, Mendy, 24, said: “I have one shelf at home for my medals — a lot of medals.”

Yet there is one that is significant by its absence and he would love to get his hands on it.

The Champions League groups start this week and Mendy would love to complete an amazing 12 months by wrapping up the hat-trick in May.

He played just once at the World Cup but clung on to his winners medal tightly as he returned to pre-season with Man City
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