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Edouard Mendy snubs ‘disrespectful’ six-year contract offer from Chelsea

Edouard Mendy has rejected a new six-year contract with Chelsea as the club are not showing him enough ‘respect’ concerning wages, according to reports.

Mendy joined the London club in 2020 from French team Rennes for £22m and he has since gone on to play 104 matches for the club.

He starred at Stamford Bridge as he helped guide them to Champions League title in 2020-2021 – winnining FIFA’s best goalkeeper award in 2021, before a combination of injury and lack of form led to him losing his place as first choice stopper this campaign.

According to The Sun, Mendy – who’s current contract expires in 2025 – has rejected a new six-year deal at the club due to a dispute over wages.

The report claims the 30-year-old currently earns around £100,000 per week, around half of what his goalkeeping rival Kepa Arrizabalaga currrently earns.

Mendy is believed to want a similar wage to Kepa, who is the world’s most expensive keeper after joining from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 for £72m.

Chelsea have now withdrawn their initial offer to Mendy in an attempt to stand firm during the negotiations and there is a stand-off between both parties.

AC Milan, Nice and Monaco are three teams reportedly keeping an eye on his situation and would be keen in making a move for the keeper if an opportunity arises.

Mendy was part of the Senegal team that lost to England in the last-16 at the World Cup, having won the African Cup of Nations with his country earlier this year.

He has also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during his spell with Premier League side Chelsea and started this campaign as first-choice keeper.

But, as the team’s form deteriorated under Thomas Tuchel, Mendy made several high-profile mistakes and lost his place in the team to Kepa.

However, when the Spanish star injured himself during Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat by Brighton, Mendy replaced him at the break and played their last two Premier League games before the World Cup break.

He has played 11 games in total this campaign and will now battle it out with Kepa to be Potter’s first-choice keeper during the second half of the season.

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