Man City footballer Benjamin Mendy has pleaded not guilty to nine sexual offence charges against six young women.
The 27-year-old appeared in the dock at Chester Crown Court on Monday. He repeated “not guilty” when the charges were put to him.
The Man City and France defender denies seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape. All are relating to six complainants.
All the offences are alleged to have taken place at his home address and span between October 2018 and August last year.
Mendy entered his pleas during a hearing on Monday ahead of his trial, scheduled to begin later this year.
He will go before a jury on July 25 along with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who also entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault, relating to eight young women.
His alleged offences span July 2012 to August last year.
Judge Steven Everett, the Honorary Recorder of Chester, reminded reporters in the press box, including international media, that none of the women involved must be identified and reporting restrictions apply ahead of the trial.
After both defendants e…