Benjamin Mendy was transferred to a different prison on December 23, the French defender was categorized as a vulnerable prisoner at Liverpool’s HMP Altcourse prison.

The 27-year-old Manchester City defender has not featured for the current Premier League defending champions since the start of the 2021/2022 season after being charged seven counts of sexual assault and will be appearing before a court on Friday.

According to The Daily Star, the Frenchman was secretly moved to one of the roughest and notorious prisons in the UK after concerns over his safety and he probably spent Christmas and New Year there.

According to news outlets, the decision was made as the Category-A conditions at Strangeways were felt to be better equipped to deal with any potential issues as compared to Liverpool’s HMP Altercourse prisons where he was formally held.

Mendy, who joined Manchester City in 2017 from Monaco, was suspended by the Cityzens last August after he was charged by the police.

The 27-year-old left-back’s preparations and a plea will be heard on 24th January, with the trial expected to proceed as planned either 27th June or 1st August 2022.