Benjamin Mendy has made an instant return to football just five days after being cleared of rape and attempted rape, with the former Manchester City defender joining French club Lorient.
Mendy, 28, was accused of carrying out sex attacks on two women at his £4million mansion, only to be cleared after three hours of deliberation by a jury at Chester Crown Court last Friday.
The France international had already been cleared of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault after a court case in January.
And five days after being cleared as a free man, Mendy has already returned to football after signing with Lorient.
In a club statement on Wednesday, the Ligue 1 outfit confirmed he has put pen to paper on a two-year contract and will wear the No 5 shirt.
Mendy, who last played for City back in August 2021, officially left the Premier League champions when his contract expired earlier this month. Lorient were therefore able to sign him on a free transfer.
Mendy wept when he was cleared last week, with his lawyers saying he will now go on to 'rebuild his life'.
The emotional star declined to comment outside court only to say: 'Alhamdulillah' - an Arabic phrase meaning: 'Praise be to God'.
Two days after being cleared of rape Mendy showed up to a local kick-about in Manchester donning his former team's kit as he shook hands with local lads at the Powerleague venue.
The former Premier League star had turned up unannounced to the sports complex in Ardwick on Sunday, with pictures on Twitter showing him beaming and laughing while interacting with a group of local young fans.
Meanwhile in a series of videos on TikTok, he was seen posing for selfies with a group of amateur players in the locker room of the club, believed to be the Powerleague Manchester Central sports complex.