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Edouard Mendy

BIOGRAPHY

The Senegalese international goalkeeper joined from Rennes in September 2020 and penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

He soon became a popular figure with supporters and team-mates alike, with his agility and reactions making him an excellent shot stopper, in addition to being a formidable presence in the air and comfortable with the ball at his feet.

2020/21

Mendy's impressive start to life at Chelsea included a run of six consecutive clean sheets between October and November. The goalkeeper commanded his area well and made a number of crucial stops as the Blues defeated Crystal Palace, Krasnodar, Burnley and former club Rennes across domestic and European football, as well as producing a sublime performance at Old Trafford to ensure we left with a point against Manchester United.

He made some big saves in our December victory over Leeds, played in front of a small crowd at Stamford Bridge, as we reached the summit of the Premier League table with the three points.

Mendy was instrumental to our Champions League success, with his impact highlighted by his record-breaking nine clean sheets en route to our late May final victory. No goalkeeper had recorded more shutouts in Europe’s elite club competition in a debut season.

He was composed and assured as the Blues brushed aside Atletico Madrid and Porto to reach the semi-finals, conceding just once over those four games. Mendy impressed in the semi-final win over Real Madrid, too, before putting in another solid display as we defeated Manchester City in the final with an early save to deny Raheem Sterling setting the tone.

Pre-Chelsea

Born in Montivilliers in northern France, Mendy began his career at Cherbourg in the Championnat National, the third tier of French football, and remained with the Normandy-based club until 2014.

Following a brief spell at Marseille B without making an appearance, the goalkeeper began to move up the footballing pyramid in 2016 by joining Reims and quickly established himself as the first choice between the sticks.
 

His impressive and consistent performances for Les Rouges et Blancs resulted in him lifting the first silverware of his career, when Reims captured the Ligue 2 title in 2018 and conceded just 24 goals that term, the lowest in the league.

After three years at Reims, Mendy moved on and joined Rennes ahead of the 2019/20 season. In his first campaign at Roazhon Park, the 6ft 5in goalie kept 13 clean sheets and conceded just 31 goals in 33 games before the season was ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He helped Rennes qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 2020, with the French club finishing third in Ligue 1. Mendy had European club competition experience under his belt already, having featured in four Europa League games in 2019/20.
 

International

Although born in France, Mendy opted to represent Senegal - the country of birth of his mother - at international level.

His father is of Guinea-Bissau descent and Mendy did actually represent that country in a friendly match against Portugal in 2016. He declined an invitation to commit to playing for Guinea-Bissau at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and later made his debut for Senegal in 2018.

By the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, he was Senegal's first choice goalkeeper. However, after playing their first two matches of that tournament, injury meant he missed the rest of their run to the final.