Benjamin Mendy has been refused bail ahead of his trial after being accused of raping two women and sexually assaulting a third.

The 27-year-old Manchester City defender is on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool. He has been in custody for the last seven weeks.

Mendy was not present for the bail hearing at Chester Crown Court. Judge Patrick Thompson presided over a 50-minute hearing. The result of the bail application was passed on following the hearing.

It is Mendy’s third unsuccessful bail application.

He has been charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged incident in October 2020 and also charged with sexual assault in January this year. Mendy has also been charged with raping a woman in August 2021.

A trial date has been set for January 24, 2022. The trial is expected to last around two to three weeks.

Mendy’s co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, of Eccles, has also been charged with four counts of rape.

Mendy, a France international, has played for the reigning Premier League champions since 2017, when he joined from Monaco for a reported £52 million.