Edouard Mendy explains relationship with Chelsea goalkeeping rival Kepa

Edouard Mendy says he has a ‘very good relationship’ with Kepa Arrizabalaga despite the duo battling it out to be the club’s number one choice.

Mendy joined Chelsea this summer to provide good competition for Kepa and Willy Caballero after Lampard identified the goalkeeping position as a serious issue.

Kepa – who was signed for a world-record fee – was dropped midway through the campaign for Caballero after a couple of poor displays and his error-ridden performances have returned even this season.

But, Mendy has only conceded one goal in his first three matches in goal for his new club and looks set to establish himself as Chelsea’s first-choice goalie.

But despite edging in front of the Spanish keeper in the pecking order, Mendy says there is a good atmosphere among the ‘keepers at Chelsea.

‘I have a very good relationship with Kepa, the group of goalkeepers we have, we’re all very open and all of us understand the team is the most important thing here and doing what is right for the group,’ said Mendy.

‘Our relationships are all very good, we work well together and we’re pushing each other every day to improve ourselves and improve each other. ‘We know as goalkeepers we have to stay unified and united and that is what is happening at the moment.’

‘To be at a club where such great goalkeepers have played is very important to me. I am aware of the expectations surrounding the goalkeeper position at Chelsea.

‘I am not going to put any pressure or compare myself to them because they are both legends here. They have played at a very, very high level for many years.

‘I have only just arrived here so my aim is to carry on progressing and make sure that I am there for the team and settle.

‘So that’s my objective right now and not to think about what Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini achieve here. They are legends and different to me.’


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