Richard Dunne thinks Benjamin Mendy can use inspiration from Kyle Walker at Manchester City next season.

Mendy was widely regarded as one of the world's most exciting left-backs when joining the Blues for £52million from Monaco four years ago after he regularly made explosive, marauding runs in the French side's stellar 2016/17 Champions League campaign.

However, since switching Monaco for Manchester, he's failed to scale those kind of lofty heights and he struggled for consistency on the pitch last term.

Mendy has also been plagued with injuries throughout his time at City.

But former City skipper Dunne thinks Mendy could come good next season, explaining before City's pre-season win over Barnsley on Saturday evening that the Frenchman has the potential to become as important to Pep Guardiola as Walker is.

"I think he has the capabilities to be the left side Kyle Walker," Dunne admitted to City TV.

"You see the manager rotates Walker and Cancelo to play different systems against different teams and on the other side it looks like he’s hoping to do that with Mendy and Zinchenko, but Mendy hasn’t performed to the same standard as Kyle Walker has.

"That's because of a lack of games and bad injuries and stuff like that. So, now hopefully he’s a good summer, he’s made himself as fit as he possibly can be and hopefully for him and the City fans it’s the season that he really flows.

"The manager will demand a higher intensity from him."

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