Senegal Goalkeeper Joins Chelsea

Senegalese international Edouard Mendy has joined Chelsea on a five-year deal from French side Rennes.

The fee for the 28-year-old is reported to be in the region of £22million.

“I am so excited to be joining Chelsea,” said Mendy.

“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 joined Rennes last season in August 2019 where he made 33 appearances overall for club, keeping nine clean sheets from 24 Ligue 1 games.

After passing his medicals on Tuesday, Mendy arrives at Stamford bridge to provide competition for £71 million record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Callabero in goal for Frank Lampard’s team.

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And the London club’s director 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.”

Mendy initially represented Guinea-Bissau in a friendly in November 2016, but has so far made eight international caps for Senegal, having made his debut for the Taranga Lions in November 2018.

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