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French footballer Benjamin Mendy stands with his solicitor outside Chester Crown Court in Chester, north-west England, on July 14. Image Credit: AFP

Rennes, France: Former Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy has signed for Ligue 1 side Lorient on a two-year deal days after being acquitted of rape.

The 29-year-old France international was found not guilty of one count of rape and one of attempted rape by a British court on Friday.

In January, Mendy was found not guilty of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Mendy last played for City against Tottenham Hotspur in August 2021 and was suspended by the Premier League club later that month when he was arrested. City released him when his contract expired last month.

Most expensive defender

Lorient said in a statement that Mendy had passed a medical, would wear the No 5 shirt and make his first appearance at the club’s training ground later on Wednesday.

Mendy became the Premier League’s most expensive defender when he joined City from Monaco for 52 million pounds ($67.28 million) in 2017.

He won three league titles with City and was a member of France’s 2018 World Cup winning squad, without playing in the final.

Lorient finished 10th in the league last season.

US businessman Bill Foley, who owns Premier League Bournemouth, has a significant stake in the Brittany-based club. The two sides are due to play a friendly in England on August 5.