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Chelsea stopper highlights ‘very good’ relationship between him and Spaniard

Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy has insisted that he has a “very good” relationship with fellow shot-stopper and teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa has come under increased scrutiny for his displays in a Chelsea shirt as of late and is facing a fierce battle to regain his status as the English boss Frank Lampard’s number one, with Edouard arriving from Rennes in the summer transfer market.

With the two goalkeepers battling for supremacy at Stamford Bridge, Edouard has affirmed that all of the goalkeepers at the club get on well and are focused on what is best for the team.

“I have a very good relationship with Kepa,” the Senegal international said in quotes attributed to Metro.

“The group of goalkeepers we have, we’re all very open and all of us understand the team is the most important thing here and doing what is right for the group.

“Our relationships are all very good, we work well together and we’re pushing each other every day to improve ourselves and improve each other.

“We know as goalkeepers we have to stay unified and united and that is what is happening at the moment.”

The club’s goalkeeping roster also includes veterans the Argentina international Willy Caballero and club icon Petr Cech, the latter of whom has been included as an emergency backup in Frank’s squad.

In other news, Frank Lampard is willing to re-integrate central defender Antonio Rudiger into his first-team plans after heart-to-heart talks with the German, reports say.

Chelsea star highlights ‘very good’ relationship between him and Spaniard

Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy has insisted that he has a “very good” relationship with fellow shot-stopper and teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa has come under increased scrutiny for his displays in a Chelsea shirt as of late and is facing a fierce battle to regain his status as the English boss Frank Lampard’s number one, with Edouard arriving from Rennes in the summer transfer market.

With the two goalkeepers battling for supremacy at Stamford Bridge, Edouard has affirmed that all of the goalkeepers at the club get on well and are focused on what is best for the team.

“I have a very good relationship with Kepa,” the Senegal international said in quotes attributed to Metro.

“The group of goalkeepers we have, we’re all very open and all of us understand the team is the most important thing here and doing what is right for the group.

“Our relationships are all very good, we work well together and we’re pushing each other every day to improve ourselves and improve each other.

“We know as goalkeepers we have to stay unified and united and that is what is happening at the moment.”

The club’s goalkeeping roster also includes veterans the Argentina international Willy Caballero and club icon Petr Cech, the latter of whom has been included as an emergency backup in Frank’s squad.

In other news, Frank Lampard is willing to re-integrate central defender Antonio Rudiger into his first-team plans after heart-to-heart talks with the German, reports say.

Premier League giants left-back hails ‘very good’ Chelsea keeper

New Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy made a serious impression on Manchester United defender Luke Shaw as the sides played out a goalless draw last week at Old Trafford.

Mendy arrived at the club from Rennes during the transfer window and has immediately made an impression, taking the gloves from the out-of-form Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Senegalese star has kept clean sheets in three of his four matches for the Blues and pulled off some impressive saves versus the Red Devils on Saturday.

A late save from a curling Marcus Rashford shot was especially memorable, and Luke was frustrated and impressed by the 28-year-old stopper.

‘I feel like we created the better chances,’ the Englishman told Manchester United’s official website. ‘Their keeper made wonderful saves at times.

‘I was right behind it [Rashford’s shot] and, like I said, their keeper was very good today. He made a couple of very good saves that kept them in the game.’

Edouard did have one unusual moment when he nearly netted a bizarre own goal as he played a wayward pass towards defender Thiago Silva.

Completely misplacing the ball, the keeper very nearly played it straight into his own goal, but it slid past the post and out for a corner.

It was otherwise an assured and impressive display from the giant Edouard, though, as he earned his side a point.

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri remains on the radar of Serie A outfits.

The Italy international has found himself behind Ben Chilwell in boss Frank Lampard’s early campaign plans.

Sky Sport Italia claims a January departure could be on for the Blues outcast.

28-year-old Chelsea stopper will be out of action for two weeks

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is allegedly ‘optimistic’ over his injury after the star was forced to withdraw from Senegal’s roster this week.

The 28-year-old, who was purchased for £22 million from Rennes in September, was immediately installed as Frank Lampard’s first-choice shot-stopper at Chelsea.

Mendy was handed his PL debut last weekend and kept a clean sheet in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

But Chelsea were handed a scare this week after Edouard suffered an injury during training on Wednesday.

According to The Athletic, Edouard felt pain in his right thigh in the early stages of training and straight away pulled out of the session.

The report claims that the player will now be fully assessed by the club as the injury could be a hamstring strain.

He received examinations in hospital in Rabat and The Athletic states the early diagnosis suggests the injury is only ‘minor’. It’s stated that Mendy is also ‘optimistic’ that he’ll only miss a maximum of two weeks.

Chelsea are due to play Southampton in their next PL fixture on October 17. Lampard’s side then begin their UCL campaign against Sevilla on October 20.

Kepa Arrizabalaga kept a clean sheet in his country’s goalless draw against Portugal on Wednesday night and could be handed an opportunity to reclaim his place should Mendy be ruled out.

In the meantime, the Express report that Chelsea could target Atalanta’s Dutch midfielder Marten de Roon next summer.

The versatile player is set to be a free agent in 2021 and is a cheaper alternative for Declan Rice.

£22m signing returns to Chelsea for treatment on thigh injury

Chelsea and Senegal star Edouard Mendy has suffered an injury during a training session with his country’s national team.

The 28-year-old star was signed in a £22 million deal from Rennes in September and instantly replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga as Frank Lampard’s first-choice shot-stopper at Chelsea.

Mendy kept a clean sheet on his PL debut last weekend as Chelsea sealed a 4-0 victory against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

But he could now face a stint on the sidelines after he was forced to withdraw from Senegal’s roster on Thursday due to injury.

The Senegalese Football Federation confirmed that Edouard suffered an injury to his right thigh during a training session on Wednesday.

He was sent for medical tests in Rabat but has now withdrawn from Senegal’s roster and has returned to the club for further examinations and treatment.

He could now be unavailable for his side’s next Premier League fixture against Southampton on October 17.

Kepa, who kept a clean sheet in his country’s goalless draw against Portugal on Wednesday, could be handed an opportunity to reclaim his place.

Speaking about his future earlier this week, Arrizabalaga said: ‘I feel good, strong and confident.

‘Maybe it’s not the dream situation, but sometimes these things happen. I am confident I will turn my form around.

‘I do not have the feeling of being a substitute. We have three goalkeepers and the level is very high.’

In the meantime, Chelsea chief Frank Lampard may allegedly identify Serie A side Atalanta’s Marten de Roon as a possible transfer target for 2021.

Official: 28-year-old African goalkeeper seals his move to Chelsea

Chelsea have continued their eye-catching summer spending spree by completing the signing of Rennes’s Edouard Mendy on a five-year deal.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper becomes the seventh new arrival at the club for a fee of £22 million and will provide significant competition for the Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Frank lost faith in the first-choice stopper last season and relied on veteran Willy Caballero during the latter stage of a disappointing season for Chelsea’s record £72 million signing.

Chelsea were mentioned with the likes of Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak but turned their attentions to a cheaper alternative, in part down to a lack of interest in Kepa.

Mendy has been capped eight times by Senegal since making his debut two years ago and signed for Rennes last summer from Reims. Speaking after the announcement, Chelsea chief 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.’

In a message to Chelsea fans, Edouard 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.’

28-year-old African goalkeeper closing in on Chelsea transfer

Edouard Mendy has reportedly agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea ahead of a proposed move to the Blues during this summer’s transfer window.

Rennes owner Nicolas Holveck has confirmed that his club are in negotiations with the Blues over the 28-year-old star, who still has three years left to run on his existing in France.

Nicolas, though, was keen to stress that an agreement between all three sides had yet to be reached.

According to RMC Sport, Edouard has agreed personal terms on a five-year contract with Frank Lampard’s side, who have been extremely active during the current transfer market.

However, the report claims that the Premier League side are still €8 million (£7.4m) short of Rennes’s €28 million (£25.9m) valuation.

Earlier this week, the French club’s captain Damien Da Silva claimed that his teammate was closing in on a transfer to Chelsea.

The Blues broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper when they purchased Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao back in 2018, but the Spaniard has struggled to make his mark in London.

In other news, Chelsea star Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan after penning a new deal with his parent club.

The Belgium international returns to the Eagles after a successful spell with the club in the second half of the 2018-19 term.

Batshuayi will hope to play regularly for his current side and earn a spot in Belgium’s squad for next year’s European Championship.

The 26-year-old agreed fresh terms with Chelsea before his departure and has a contract with the Blues until June 2022.

Chelsea boost as Ligue 1 club line up replacement for Blues target

Chelsea are set to submit a fresh offer to sign Edouard Mendy as Rennes are already in negotiations to sign a replacement for their goalkeeper, according to the latest reports in France.

Frank Lampard is keen for Chelsea to land a new goalkeeper following Kepa Arrizabalaga’s poor form last campaign.

Mendy is on Chelsea’s shortlist but their opening bid of £15 million was rejected by Rennes last month.

However, L’Equipe claim that Rennes are now preparing for Mendy’s departure this transfer window as they are actively searching for a replacement.

The report claims that the Ligue 1 side have already made an approach to sign Alphonse Areola from PSG and can offer him a regular role to help him secure a place in his country’s European Championship squad next summer.

Areola spent last campaign on loan at Real Madrid and is not in the Parisians’ plans for the upcoming campaign.

The Telegraph adds that Chelsea are poised to make another offer for Mendy after their first offer was turned down.

The Blues have also made an approach to sign Lille’s Mike Maignan this summer but the French club’s management are demanding €35m (£31m).

Meantime, Toni Rudiger has admitted reprising his unofficial entourage’s role in helping lure Kai Havertz to the club.

The Blues’ Germany defender Antonio revealed earlier this summer how he had helped convince forward Timo Werner to make the west London move from RB Leipzig.

And now the popular the Blues figure has admitted returning to his ‘agent Rudiger’ role in an attempt to help the Blues seal the deal for highly-rated attacker Havertz.

When asked whether he’d have any influence over the Havertz situation, Antonio said: “Everything went well with Timo Werner, so I made my contribution. “And I hope that it works again now.”

 

Chelsea yet to show serious interest in Ligue 1 shot-stopper

Chelsea have been mentioned with a handful of goalkeepers this summer as Frank Lampard does not seem to be a big fan of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

That has been made clear by Petr Cech, the Blues icon and the club’s technical and performance advisor, who told Sport.cz that the Blues could bring in a new goalkeeper in the ongoing market and Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy has been identified as one of the targets.

Over the weekend, claims in the British press stated Chelsea are set to return with a new bid of €20m for the 28-year-old after the Ligue 1 side rejected their initial bid of €16m.

However, a French newspaper and TV channel L’Equipe try to calm things down a bit by reporting the Senegal international is merely drawing interest from the Premier League club at this stage.

In response to the bold claims of offers, it’s stated Rennes have so far not received any formal proposal for him and have only seen signs of interest from Frank Lampard’s side.

However, the west London side’s attraction for the goalkeeper is not feigned, and according to his representative, Mendy is hoping to join Lampard’s side.

Chelsea are considering the African’s profile to challenge Arrizabalaga for a place in the starting XI, but with Rennes ruling out any official offer for Mendy, a deal is unlikely to be concluded anytime soon.

Over at TuttoMercatoWeb, they report Rennes have no intention of selling Mendy without having a replacement ready because the 2020/21 campaign has started in France.

Chelsea see initial offer for highly regarded Ligue 1 star snubbed

Chelsea have dealt a transfer blow – with Rennes rejecting their bid for star keeper Edouard Mendy.

Blues manager Frank Lampard wants the Senegal international to provide competition for the Spaniard, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

 

Mendy has just helped Rennes qualify for the UCL for the first time, with the modest French side finishing third in Ligue 1.

He kept 13 clean sheets and conceded just 31 goals in 33 matches last season.

The Blues’ French head of goalkeeping Christophe Lollichon has recommended Normandy-born Edouard to Lampard.

Stamford Bridge officials have since been in touch with their Rennes counterparts about a possible deal for the 28-year-old.

However, sources close to the Brittany side revealed they have turned down a £15 million Chelsea bid for Mendy.

The West Londoners could yet return with an improved proposal.

The 6ft 5ins stopper is under contract until 2023. He joined Rennes from Reims last year for just £3.6m.

Chelsea were mentioned with a mega-money for Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak – who has a £109 million exit clause.

But having closed in on a £140m deals for Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell the Blues are scouting for cheaper options between the posts.

Burnley’s Nick Pope, Ajax’s Andre Onana and even Watford’s Ben Foster have all been mentioned with Chelsea.

Mendy, who previously played for Marseille’s B team and Cherbourg, has since seen his value skyrocket with a series of impressive performances against France’s biggest clubs.

Born to parents hailing from Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, he opted to play his international football for Senegal’s Teranga Lions – winning eight caps to date.

The Blues famously signed goalkeeping legend Petr Cech from Rennes, paying £7 million for the Czech Republic international.