It’s official! What has been coming for a long while has finally taken place. Chelsea confirms the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
Chelsea today has confirmed the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes in a deal said to be worth €24 million. He has signed a five-year contract with the London club, keeping him at Stamford Bridge till 2025.
Chelsea Football Club has today completed the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
The Senegalese international has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge and will compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for a starting spot between the posts in the season ahead. (Via: chelseafc.com)
Mendy joins the Blues as the sixth new arrival this summer and they could still be in the market for one more player, specifically Declan Rice. As per Frank Lampard, he will provide the much-needed competition for the underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Since appearing for the Premier League side, the world’s most expensive keeper has seen his form and quality drop drastically over the past two seasons. The £71.6m paid for him has been seen as a massive misuse of money.
The Blues were the worst conceding side of the teams finishing in the top 10. Kepa played a huge part in this, with him adding so many different errors to his game. He even took the title for the goalkeeper with the worst save percentage in Premier League history.
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Edouard Mendy is here to mend their leaky defence
The Senegalese stopper, 28, follows in the footsteps of Chelsea legend and who is also the technical and performance advisor at the club, Petr Cech.
The great Cech made his career-changing switch from Roazhon Park to Stamford Bridge back in 2004 and has never looked back. Mendy will be hoping for more of the same, if not a similar, stellar career.
Edouard Mendy helped his side to a third-place finish last season, before France’s Ligue 1 was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. During the limited 25 games he played, he managed to keep nine clean sheets while conceding as few as 20 goals.
That’s just fewer than a goal let in per game. He has spent all of his time in France. Afore his Renne’s venture he was with another French outfit Reims, who he helped gain promotion to the top flight.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 24, 2020
Following Kepa’s second shocking display in as many Premier League turns, Mendy should certainly get the nod ahead of the Spaniard. With his inclusion, Chelsea’s had an amazing summer in the transfer market.
They’ve worked everywhere excepting in the defensive midfield area. If they do not bring in Rice, I would still consider their summer window as one of their most successful in recent years.