Premier League Icons: Édouard Mendy
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Mendy joined Chelsea in September 2020 for a fee of £22-million to provide competition for Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga, who two years earlier had become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he arrived from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6-million.
But the French-born Senegal international was immediately installed as the number one at Stamford Bridge and became an instant hit as he kept clean sheets in his first three Premier League games, the first time a Chelsea gloveman had achieved that since Petr Cech in 2004.
He had a strong season and helped The Blues to the UEFA Champions League crown at the end of the campaign, a dream start to his life in England. His nine clean sheets in the European competition is still a joint record.
His Premier League form helped him to the Best Goalkeeper award from FIFA, and he guided Senegal to not only Africa Cup of Nations glory but also a strong showing at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Mendy also helped Chelsea to the FIFA Club World Cup title in 2021 in what has been a trophy-laden two-and-a-half years in west London, during which time he has 31 clean-sheets in 74 Premier League games.
He has seen game time more limited since the arrival of new manager Graham Potter at the club this season, but is fighting hard with Kepa for the number one jersey. His contract with the club runs up