Man City's Benjamin Mendy fights to save £475k Lambo from crusher

MAN CITY star Benjamin Mendy is in a race against time to save his £475,000 supercar from being crushed.

His white Lamborghini Aventador SVJ was seized by police last month.

They stopped the £52million ace for driving without a valid licence or insurance.

But 20 days after the car was taken French defender Mendy has yet to come up with any documentation.

Police usually keep a car for 14 days before selling it at auction or crushing it.

A source said: “Ben is a great footballer but he’s not great on bureaucratic details like paperwork.

“He didn’t realise he wasn’t insured so it’s a monumental blunder on his part.

“He’s desperately trying to correct it but the fact it’s now 20 days since his car was seized, he’s at risk of it being destroyed.

"The police know he wants it back and are happy to return it but only once he’s provided the necessary paperwork.

“It’s worrying that after almost three weeks he still hasn’t managed to sort it out. It’s a beautiful car and he just wants it back in one piece.”

Mendy, 26, was pulled over at 5am on November 15 in Prestbury, Cheshire.

The motor, with a French number plate, was taken to Macclesfield police station and is now at a secure pound.

Mendy, who joined City in 2017, bought the car in France and was pictured driving it in Cannes this summer.

The SVJ, which can do 0-60mph in three seconds, is an improved version of the Aventador S, with only 900 made.

According to the Cheshire Police website, any motorist who needs to reclaim a vehicle has just 14 days to do so.

The force charges £150 to take a car and £20 a day for storage. A spokesman said: “Arrangements are being made for the vehicle to be recovered.”

Last year 137,410 vehicles were seized for no insurance, according to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Uninsured drivers face their cars being crushed, a £300 fine and six penalty points.

In June, we told how Man United star Paul Pogba had his French-registered Rolls-Royce seized in Manchester.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Top speed: 217mph

0-62mph: 2.8seconds

Engine: 6.5litre V12

Power: 759BHP

Price: £475,000 (that's 21 new Ford Focus cars)

Foreign vehicles that have been in Britain for more than six months in a year must be registered with the DVLA and fitted with UK plates.

But if the owner is a UK resident they must register their car within two weeks of import.

Man City was contacted for comment.

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