Premier League club Chelsea sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy
- Edouard Mendy said he is excited to join Chelsea
- Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia welcomed the signing of Mendy
- The move comes in the backdrop of poor performances by Kepa Arrizabalaga
Premier League club Chelsea on Thursday announced the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Stade Rennais FC on a five-year deal, confirmed the club in a Twitter post. The Senegalese international will compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge.
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"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," said Mendy.
Talking about how former Chelsea player Petr Cech identified Mendy, club 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."
The move comes in the backdrop of poor performances by regular keeper Arrizabalaga. The Spanish keeper, who once became the most expensive keeper, had a dismal outing last season.
"Born in Montivilliers in northern France, Mendy 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," read a statement on the official website of Chelsea FC.
As far as the league is considered, Chelsea lost their opening tie 0-2 to Liverpool. However, they bounced back in style to register a commanding 6-0 victory over Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Chelsea will next play West Brom on September 26 at West Bromwich Albion Football Club.