Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on a five-year contract from Ligue 1 side Rennes. Chelsea are believed to have paid Rennes £22.8m for the goalkeeper’s services.
28-year-old Mendy had been at Rennes since 2016/17, achieving over 100 starts across Ligue 2 and Ligue 1. Last season – with Mendy between the posts – Rennes finished third in Ligue 1 to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
On joining Chelsea, Mendy 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.”
What does Mendy bring to the Bridge?
Mendy arrives on the recommendation of legendary Chelsea goalkeeper and current technical director, Petr Čech. Going by Čech’s playing history, he knows what makes a good goalkeeper.
Goalkeeping has been a problem for Chelsea of late, with starting keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga struggling for form and confidence. Willy Caballero has deputised, though neither of them are particularly safe options in the Premier League.
Mendy is a goalkeeper in the midst of a rapid rise. In 2016/17, he was with Rennes in Ligue 2 after being dropped from Marseille’s B team. Within two seasons, Rennes were in Ligue 1. One season later, Rennes were in the Europa League.
With Kepa’s poor start to the season, Mendy will need to be ready to go pretty soon. Then it will be a matter of dealing with the pressure that comes with being a Premier League goalkeeper.