The small town of Ecquevilly (4000 inhabitants), in the Yvelines, is proud. The child of the country, Ferland Mendy, will discover the team of France. "It's our god here, breathes his childhood friend Abdoulaye Dembele. Ferland remained close to the people of Ecquevilly. We all feel like we are selected. With his performance in Lyon, we waited a little. But when we look at his career, it's unexpected. "
Because Mendy has jostled fate. At 10, he joined PSG, and a golden generation. With Presnel Kimpembe, Hervin Ongenda and the sometimes outclassed Kingsley Coman and Moussa Dembele. But an ugly hip injury (arthritis) catches the left back at 14 years old. "Ferland, he was sentenced. He was told: You may not walk again "Murmurs Marc Gomis, his cousin.
He can not set foot on the ground anymore. He spent six months at the Paris Hospital Necker, before a long rehabilitation. "He had to stop football. But he never accepted that idea, "adds Dembele. "In his life, he has shown us many times that when you believe in something, there are no limits. Ferland lost his little dad (Editor's note: he was 11 years old). They had a fusional relationship. His determination is also to pay tribute to his father, "blows his cousin.
"PSG never really believed in him"
The Paris club does not keep it. "PSG never really believed in him. In pre-training, he slept at home every night while other kids were housed in the center, "explained in October 2017 Yves Gergaud, his coach for three years in Paris between 10 and 13 years. After his injury, the club was not convinced either. He played in 17 years B or C. Mendy left the PSG at 17 years old. "It was a hell of a sudden, to come out of this team to invert quotes in anonymity. It was violent. But he still wanted to succeed, "says his cousin.
He bounced at Mantes-la-Jolie, FC Mantois, for a year in U 19. "He had the class and he was endowed with an irreproachable state of mind. It's very hard to leave after such an injury. You have to recover both physically and mentally, "says Cyrille Cabrera, his coach at FC Mantois. After a stint in Le Havre, he has shone with Lyon since the summer of 2017, where the club expects to receive very big offers next summer for the Ecquevillois. This call in blue should not cool the serious contenders.