What Chong told Mengi about Birmingham

Tuesday 04 January 2022 13:07

Manchester United youngster Teden Mengi is buzzing for his loan spell at Birmingham City and particularly after speaking with Academy team-mate Tahith Chong, who is also at St. Andrew’s.

It was confirmed earlier today that Mengi will spend the rest of this season under Lee Bowyer’s guidance in the Midlands and the talented defender cannot wait to get started in the Championship, having played in that league during his loan spell at Wayne Rooney’s Derby County last term. 

A big part of the loan experience is learning how to handle your new surroundings and, as a natural leader, Teden will have no problems with that. Plus, he also has a friend to count on in Tahith, who has made 13 loan appearances for 'Blues' this season and is currently working his way back from injury.

In an interview with Birmingham's club media, Mengi admitted he has already been in contact with Chong about life away from United.

“As soon as I heard about Blues, I was straight on the phone to Chongy and he told me it is great, that the lads are great, I am going to enjoy it and that everyone is a nice person. So, I am just looking forward to it, to meeting all of the boys and to getting going.”

Mengi has also been in conversation with Birmingham boss Bowyer and is excited to play under the former Premier League star.

“Everything I have spoken about with him has been really encouraging. He believes in me and I believe in what he is saying to me, so I am glad that he has trusted me enough to bring me here, and I am ready to work as hard as I can for him.

“I am delighted to be here, I am ready to work hard and kick on for the rest of the season. It is important for me to try to find what is best for me, which was here at Blues. I just want to kick on, get as many games as I can under my belt, improve as a player and also improve as a person.”
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This is Mengi’s second spell in the Championship following last season’s educational stint at Derby and Teden believes that experience will stand him in good stead this time around.
“I learned how to handle myself on the pitch because I went from playing Under-23s to playing men's football in the Championship, and you know what the Championship is like,” he said. “It was a real test for me so I am glad I made that move and I think I am ready to step up and do the business here.”

As for his aims and ambitions, Mengi concluded his signing interview with this message: “I just want to do the best I can, and then what comes will come. So I am just focusing on the short term at the moment and doing the best I can. What the future holds is what the future holds.”