Senegalese Goalkeeper Mendy
Completes £ 22m Chelsea Deal
Chelsea have announced the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes, with the goalkeeper joining a five-year contract at a cost of £ 22 million ($ 29 million).
The move has been in the works for some time, with the Blues in recent months searching for a new plug to compete with error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Following the announcement on Thursday morning, the France-born Senegalese international admitted it was a dream come true to sign for such a prestigious club.
“I am very excited to join Chelsea. It is a dream for me to be a part of this exciting team and to work with Frank Lampard and his entire coaching staff, ”said the 28-year-old. “I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates and can’t wait to start.”
Mendy is not the first goalkeeper to make the switch from Rennes to Stamford Bridge, and club legend Petr Cech, now part of Chelsea’s technical and performance team, has also traveled the same path in 2004.
Fittingly, Blues director Marina Granovskaia revealed that Cech played a role in identifying Mendy as a good fit for the team as they look to challenge again at the highest level after a few seasons of ups and downs.
“As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, we only wanted to add one player,” added Granovskaia.
“Edouard arrives after a season of great success with Rennes, he has more ambition and we welcome him to our club.”
No doubt Mendy’s arrival will see calls from fans to immediately install the goalkeeper as a first choice ahead of Kepa, with the world’s most expensive shot stopper struggling to stay fit and confident in recent seasons.
Indeed, a series of howls in recent games from him only has fans and experts questioning whether the 25-year-old can ever return to the kind of performances that saw Chelsea break the bank to sign him in 2018.
However, Frank Lampard will expect the added challenge from Mendy to see a rebound in the Spaniard’s form, who may have to spend some time on the sidelines if his boss plans to drop his latest acquisition on the deep end.