Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has pleaded not guilty to another charge of rape.

The 28-year-old entered the plea ahead of a trial, which is due to start at Chester Crown Court on Monday.

He now denies eight counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of attempted rape.

A jury panel of eight men and four women were sworn in for the trial, which is expected to last more than three months.

The offences against seven young women are alleged to have taken place at Mr Mendy’s home between October 2018 and August 2021.

He pleaded not guilty to the 10th charge, relating to a new complainant, which had already been reported but had not previously been put to him.

He is due to stand trial alongside co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40.

Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault relating to eight young women.

About 20 members of the media were in court for the hearing on Thursday, with others watching by videolink.

Jury selection is expected to take place later on Wednesday.

None of the women involved can be identified and reporting restrictions apply ahead of the trial.

Mendy has played for Manchester City since 2017, when he joined from Monaco for a reported £52m.

He was suspended by the club after being charged by police. Both defendants are on bail.


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