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Edouard Mendy reflects on Rennes return and explains why he has settled in at Chelsea so quickly

It’s remarkable to think Edouard Mendy has only been at Chelsea for two months such is the impression he has already made in our goal.

Seven clean sheets in 10 appearances tells its own story, but allied to those impressive numbers has been an air of authority on the pitch and a charming presence off it. You wouldn’t know he had just moved abroad for the first time in his professional career and jumped straight into the limelight of being a goalkeeper at a top European club.

‘Everyone has done everything to help me integrate as smoothly as possible, the players, the staff, they have all helped me,’ he revealed. 

‘I respond to that by devoting myself to being the best goalkeeper I can be on the pitch, by doing what I can every day in training and in matches. I will continue like that to keep trying to help the team. 

‘I have joined a very good club. I feel good in this team. I have got to know them and gained an affinity with them which helps during games. Of course with Kurt and Thiago they speak French which is good for me, but I can communicate well with the other players too and I am really enjoying it.’

His most recent game was clearly his most sentimental yet, coming at the stadium and against the team where he enjoyed such success last season. Although he couldn’t keep Rennes at bay all night, he did make a number of impressive saves prior to their equaliser. 

‘Before the match I had a lot of emotions because I know the journey to the ground and then when I saw the stadium I had a wonderful feeling inside. 

‘Then my thoughts turned to the principle feeling which was to win the match and secure qualification. That’s what we did. It was a difficult game, we knew it would be, but we should great spirit to fight until the end. 

‘After the game it was great to see everyone who works around the stadium, the players and the staff and talk to them. 

‘The objective now is to do a good match against Tottenham on Sunday,’ the 28-year-old added. 

‘I don’t think beyond that. We want to keep the good run we have had going, and to do that we need to maintain those high levels in training and in the match itself.’

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