Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been charged with rape.

The 27-year-old defender has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, Cheshire Police said.

The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August this year. The left-back has played for Manchester City since 2017, when he joined from Monaco for a reported £52m.

Manchester City said the defender had been suspended pending an investigation.”The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete,” the club added.