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Media Watch: Caballero raves about Mendy, pundit declares Blues as 'best team in the world' and Hughes interested in United interim job

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there is an interview with a former Blues goalkeeper, a claim from a radio pundit and an ex-Chelsea striker fails to distance himself from fresh managerial role..

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club. 

Caballero declares Mendy as world’s best

Willy Caballero believes Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy is the best goalkeeper in the world.

The Argentine spent last season as third-choice in SW6 behind Senegal international Mendy and Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga and stated that he feels that former team-mate Mendy can claim to be the best goalkeeper in the world right now.

‘I believe strongly that Edou Mendy is the best goalkeeper [in the world] - last year and at the moment this year he is the best,’ the 40-year-old said to the BBC.

Mendy became the first-ever African goalkeeper to win the Champions League last season and has kept 23 clean sheets in 42 Premier League appearances since arriving from Ligue 1 side Rennes.

Caballero is now a free agent and looking for a new club, despite training with AFC Wimbledon earlier on in the year, and has said that it was quickly obvious just how good Mendy was when he walked into Cobham.

‘As he arrived last season in training I saw an amazingly talented goalkeeper in terms of power, in terms of speed - he is so fast when diving,’ he explained.

‘He has very long arms and everyone wants that as a goalkeeper. He is showing in every single game that he is calm and he is improving with his feet, he is playing very well in the build-up.

‘He is winning points for Chelsea - not just last season but this season too. He is enjoying performing at this level and keeping clean sheets.’

Caballero, who also played for Manchester City, also revealed that he set his club-mate a challenge to become the best by improving his consistency.

‘I spoke with him last season and I told him “For me you are the best goalkeeper at the moment, but you have to keep doing it for longer - next season and next season and next season”,’ he explained.

‘Because you have only shown for one season what you are able to do' - and he is doing really well.’

Chelsea are 'the best team in the world’

Former Aston Villa striker and now radio pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has declared Chelsea as the best team in world football at this current time. 

Chelsea continued our fine form last night, winning a ninth game from our last 11 in all competitions, after smashing Juventus 4-0 at the Bridge.

Speaking on talkSPORT this morning, Agbonlahor heaped praise on the Blues and singled out two players as the two best performers.

‘I think they are [the best in the world],' the 35-year-old said.

'Look at the Juventus team, Chiesa who was outstanding in the Euros, was great against England, and he didn’t have a sniff [last night].

‘Rudiger, for me, is the best centre-back in the world at the moment, the way he’s playing,' said Agbonlahor. ‘So organised. Even when an attacker receives the ball, there are three defenders there.'

‘I’d hate to play against this Chelsea defence at the moment.

‘For me, they're the best team in the world. Best centre-back in Rudiger, and best right wing-back in Reece James.’

Hughes interested in United job

Former Chelsea player Mark Hughes has expressed an interest in the vacant Manchester United managerial role, however admitted that he has had no call as of yet. 

Hughes is also an ex-Manchester United player, one of only eight to have represented both the Blues and Red Devils in the Premier League.

The Welshman has managed Stoke City, Manchester City and Southampton amongst others, and wouldn’t turn down the chance to return to Old Trafford as interim boss.

A report by the Metro highlights Hughes’ comments to Sky Sports News, in which he didn’t write off a return to management.

‘There’s a lot of people at United who have my number,’ Hughes said.

‘I haven’t had a call yet so I wouldn’t be too excited about it at the moment because I don’t think it’s going to happen, but you never know.

‘It’s a great position, one that a lot of managers would be very interested in, myself included.’

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