File photo: Pep Guardiola. Photograph:( Reuters )
Mendy posted on social media platform Instagram that he was at Hong Kong International Airport and when that was brought to Guardiola's attention in a press conference.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was left stunned in a pre-match press conference when a journalist told him that defender Benjamin Mendy was in Hong Kong.
The French full-back posted on social media platform Instagram that he was at Hong Kong International Airport and when that was brought to Guardiola's attention, the manager signalled his surprise by swearing live on camera.
On reporter's inquiry about Mendy, who is currently recovering from a knee ligament injury that has sidelined him since November, Guardiola laughed at the report and even queried a club press officer to see if he had any ideas.
Guardiola replied, "Well before, he said 'I'm going one day to Paris'...OK, but Hong Kong is far away."
He also added, "I have to install Instagram and my account."
Reporter intended to ask whether Mendy's attendance around the team and meetings is necessary or not.
When asked whether the trip was planned, Guardiola - who believed Mendy to still be in Barcelona - responded: "Wow. I didn’t know it. F***, he's a lucky guy!
Mendy eventually responded by saying he was just playing a prank and was actually still in Spain. He wrote on his Twitter page, "It was just joking with my uber driver I don't want no problems Pep."
🤣🤣🤣 it was just joking with my uber driver I dont want no problems Pep— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) February 8, 2019
City lead the Premier League from Liverpool on goal difference and host Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.