‘Massive for me’ – £22m Chelsea player left stunned by club legend’s transfer plea
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has revealed the story behind how he ended up signing for the Blues – and says the approach of a club legend helped turn his head.
The 29-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from French club Rennes in September 2020. He ousted Kepa Arrizabalaga as the club’s number one keeper and made 31 Premier League appearances last season. But it was his displays in the Champions League that caught the eye.
The Senegal international kept nine cleans sheets as the Blues lifted the trophy. That equalled the record set by Santiago Canizares in 2000-2001 and Keylor Navas in 2015-16.
He has also been in scintillating form this season, helping the Blues stay in the hunt for four more trophies. He’s also just back from helping Senegal claim AFCON glory, while he also recently recognised at the FIFA Best awards.
And while Kepa has done an admirable job deputising for Mendy, there is no doubting who is Chelsea’s No 1.
Indeed, Mendy has looked every bit a transfer bargain with the Blues shelling out just £22m to lure him from France.
During a Q&A on the 5th Stand App, Mendy was asked about how he ended up signing for the Blues.
Edouard Mendy says Cech is massive
And he was quick to point to the influence of legendary Blues keeper Petr Cech, who was a big factor in his move.
“He’s been massive for me. I couldn’t believe it when he called me up [to sign], because for me he is a legend,” Mendy said of Cech.
Mendy offered new contract and Lloris' future with Spurs
Mendy will be getting a higher wage, while there are no contracts talks between Spurs and Lloris so far.
“He is one of the best goalkeepers in history. I’m lucky to train with him and see how he works up close every single day.
“He gives me such good advice to be a better goalkeeper and how to play my part for the team.”
Chelsea tipped to win Youri Tielemans race
The Blues, meanwhile, are surprisingly being tipped to secure the signing of Your Tielemans this summer.
The Belgian midfielder looks likely to be sold by Leicester with his deal expiring in summer 2023.
And while a move to Manchester United has been mooted, Kleberson reckons the Blues’ style of play will help them to beat United to his signature.
“Youri Tielemans is not at a big club. Leicester City don’t have the pulling power that some of the other Premier League teams possess,” Kleberson said (via Metro).
“I could see Tielemans going to Chelsea because their style would suit him. When you watch Chelsea play, they are more comfortable with the ball.
“A move to Manchester United would be a really big risk for him, and Liverpool already have players who can control games and dictate the play.”
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