Edouard Mendy Is A Blue: Chelsea Sign New Goalkeeper

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Edouard Mendy Is A Blue: Chelsea Sign New Goalkeeper

Edouard Mendy has today completed a move from Rennes to Chelsea on a five-year contract with the blues paying just over £20million to bring the 28-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

The Senegalese international is expected to compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for a starting spot in goal for Chelsea.

Last season, Edouard Mendy helped Ligue 1 side Rennes qualify for the Champions League for the first time ever and his arrival in London will cast doubt over the future of error-prone Kepa, who made yet another costly mistake for Chelsea in their Premier League defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

Edouard Mendy who becomes Frank Lampard ‘s eighth signing said: “I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff.

“I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in.

“Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”

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Mendy kept 13 clean sheets and conceded just 31 goals in 33 matches in his only full season with Rennes before the French campaign was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Born in Montivilliers in northern France, Mendy began his career at AS Cherbourg in the Championnat National, the third tier of French football, and remained with the Normandy-based club until 2014.

Following a brief spell at Marseille B without making an appearance, the goalkeeper began to move up the footballing pyramid in 2016 by joining Reims and quickly established himself as the first choice between the sticks.

His impressive and consistent performances for Les Rouges et Blancs resulted in him lifting the first silverware of his career, when Reims captured the Ligue 2 title in 2018 and conceded just 24 goals that term, the lowest in the league.After three years at Reims, Mendy moved on and joined Rennes ahead of the 2019/20 season.

It is worth noting that Cech also moved from Rennes to Chelsea 16 years ago.

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