Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy says he “can’t wait to get started” after completing a “dream” move to Chelsea (16/1 – Premier League Outright) from Rennes.
The Blues have brought in the Senegal international on a five-year deal, strengthening Frank Lampard’s squad in the keeper department amid serious question marks over the future of club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mendy, who made 25 league appearances for Ligue 1 side Rennes after joining from Reims in 2019, is expected to go straight in as Chelsea’s new first-choice keeper following some high-profile errors recently from Kepa.
The £71million signing has failed to live up to expectations and was dropped for 38-year-old Willy Caballero last season before being restored to the side this term.
However, Lampard acknowledged he made a clear error in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, when his clearance was charged down by Sadio Mane for the second goal, and Mendy has now been brought in.
The 28-year-old, who kept nine clean sheets in 24 Ligue 1 appearances, compared to Kepa’s eight in 33 Premier League games, 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.”
Mendy is likely to make his Chelsea debut when Lampard’s men go to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday (Match Betting – Chelsea 4/11, West Brom 8/1, Draw 4/1).