‘I couldn’t believe it when he called me’ – Chelsea star reveals ‘huge’ role Petr Cech played in Stamford Bridge move

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has revealed the ‘massive’ role club legend Petr Cech played in signing the Senegalese player.

Mendy, 29, joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Rennes for £22m in September 2020, and has been tipped by many to be Kepa Arrizabalga’s understudy. However, the Senegalese international became the Blues’ starting goalkeeper, putting in a string of impressive performances for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

4 major trophies and 6 major individual awards in just over a year… Édouard Mendy is the best goalkeeper in the world. 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭. https://t.co/Uz7zbg0f8d

Mendy has now revealed the role former Chelsea goalkeeper and current club adviser Petr Cech played in the player’s transfer to Stamford Bridge. The CAN 2021 winner told the 5th Stand app (as quoted by Chelsea Chronicle) in this regard:

“He was huge for me. I couldn’t believe it when he called me, because to me he’s a legend.

Mendy has spent time learning under the former Czech Republic keeper. He said pretty much the same thing:

“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in history, and I’m lucky to train with him and see how close he works every day.”

Mendy continued:

“He gives me such good advice on how to be a better goalkeeper and how to play my role for the team.”

Petr Cech should receive a special award for the success of Edouard Mendy. His move to Chelsea completely changed his career.

Mendy has enjoyed another impressive campaign this season following a year that saw him win the UEFA Best Goalkeeper award for his superb debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.

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Edouard Mendy won the Champions League last season.
Edouard Mendy won the Champions League last season.

Despite only spending just over a year with the Blues, Edouard Mendy is fast becoming one of the Premier League’s finest keepers of this generation. He amassed an impressive 37 clean sheets in 71 games in all competitions for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Mendy’s presence and shot-stopping are second to none, and his one-on-one decision-making is shrewd. He put in some remarkable performances for Tuchel’s side: none more so than in the Blues’ 3-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid in the Champions League last season.

The 29-year-old reacted quickly to a soft shot from Los Blancos striker Karim Benzema, diving superbly to deny the Frenchman. Mendy was once again on hand to prevent the Madrid star from scoring. The striker’s header was brilliantly knocked down by the Blues keeper.

Edouard Mendy will look to continue that in the League Cup final later this month. He is also looking to play his part in helping the Blues perform well in the other three competitions they are still in.

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