Chelsea have announced the signing of Rennes goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, on a five-year deal worth £22 million.
It’s official! Edouard Mendy is a Blue!”, Chelsea tweeted Thursday morning.
Mendy was speculated to join Chelsea all through the summer since the London club has been in the market for a new goalkeeper.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper has been shaky between the sticks for the club. This raised concerns for head coach, Frank Lampard, who many times opted for Willy Caballero between the sticks ahead of Kepa.
Following Mendy’s signing, he would now be competing with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for a starting spot in the season ahead.
Since he joined Rennes, Mendy proved a safe hand for the French club.
During his first season with the club, the Senegalese international kept 13 clean sheets and conceded 31 goals in 33 games before the season was ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Upon signing for Chelsea, Mendy expressed excitement joining the blues. “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, Mendy said.
The 28-year-old is not the first goalkeeper to make the move from Rennes to Chelsea. Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech, also joined Chelsea from Rennes.
According to a bio published by Chelsea, Mendy was born in Montivilliers in northern France.
He 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.