Petr Cech says Edouard Mendy was the “the best on the list” of Chelsea goalkeeper targets this summer.
Cech, who has been registered as a player in Frank Lampard’s Premier League squad, was widely regarded as the key man in recruiting Mendy.
And the 38-year-old technical advisor says he has been following Mendy’s career for the last three-and-a-half years.
It was enough to persuade Frank Lampard to make a move for Mendy and Chelsea completed a £22m deal for the Rennes man in September.
“I’ve been following him for three-and-a-half years, when he was at Reims. At the start, it was Christophe Lollichon who told me about him, because he had been unemployed,” Cech told L’Equipe.
“Since then, Edouard has continued to improve, season after season. When it became clear last summer that a new goalie was needed to compete with Kepa and Willy Caballero, I internally suggested several names, including Edouard.
“And I insisted that I thought he was the best on the list. My advice was followed.”
Cech has been delighted with the form of Mendy, who has asserted himself as Lampard’s new No.1.
Cech added: “It has been a continuation of his performances with Rennes.
“He is a very calm goalkeeper, who knows how to keep it simple and efficient, who reassures his team-mates.
“He must continue to evolve at this level to keep his starting place, as the competition with Kepa and Willy remains open.”
Lampard happy with Mendy
Senegal international Mendy has kept clean sheets in his last five appearances in a row for Chelsea.
In fact, Mendy has only conceded one goal so far – on his debut in an EFL Cup draw with Tottenham. Of the teams currently in the top six, only Wolves have conceded fewer goals than Chelsea so far.
Asked what has made Mendy an instant success, Lampard claimed that the 28-year-old is providing exactly the kind of qualities they bought him for.
“He’s played well,” Lampard said. “Eddie’s come in – from the first game when we played Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and the games he’s played he’s shown his own security and that’s what we were striving for when we bought him.
“We said it was for competition and that was right and then it’s up to the players to show their own qualities and he’s shown them.”