Mendy was born near Toulon in the south of France. After playing youth football, he spent two years at Sporting Club Toulon in the French third tier before going to AS Monaco’s youth academy in 2007.
He signed a three-year contract at Monaco in April 2010, but his side was relegated from the top flight at the end of his first season. Two seasons later, he was a key player in Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco side, which was promoted back to Ligue 1. By the time he left Monaco, however, he had represented France at Under-17s, Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s levels.
Mendy’s next move was to Ligue 1 side, OSG Nice, a club managed Claude Puel, who, like Ranieri, was later to be his manager at Leicester City.
In his three seasons at Nice, Mendy hardly missed a game and captained the side. When OSG Nice finished fourth in 2016, his passing statistics were amongst the best in France.
As Mendy signed a four-year contract at Premier League champions Leicester City in July 2016, he spoke of his admiration for his ex-Monaco manager Ranieri.
Mendy was injured in his first Premier League appearance in August 2016.
He played in the Community Shield match against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, when he came on as a substitute.
However, he suffered a bad ankle injury on his home debut against Arsenal and was out injured for three months.
Papy played in the UEFA Champions League game at FC Porto but only made four Premier League appearances that season.
He went back to Nice on loan during the 2017/18 season, and on his return to Leicester the following season his old Nice manager Puel picked him for 23 of the first 25 Premier League games.
After Puel's departure in February 2019, meanwhile, Papy has continued to be used on 13 occasions by Brendan Rodgers since the Northern Irishman's arrival.
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