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Chelsea were on the market for a new goalkeeper over the past transfer window. Édouard Mendy was eventually signed from Rennes in Ligue 1′; a transfer that took shape thanks to Petr Cech. Current advisor at the club and emergency goalkeeper in both the Premier League and the Champions League had a chat with Téléfoot Chaîne on Monday morning.
Where he discussed how the move for the Senegalese shot-stopper came about, revealing he’d followed his progress for three years.
He said: “We had to make sure it was someone everyone agreed on, not just me. It had to be the club, and especially the manager, who had to be comfortable with the choice. We had a list of goalkeepers. We presented it all to Frank Lampard. We talked with the scouts. We shared the information. We gave the pros and cons of each goalkeeper.
“In the end, my knowledge of Édouard for the past three years helped. I think he’s a goalkeeper who can still improve, with his work, professionalism and desire to be better every day. I’m convinced he’ll improve more, and these aren’t the best performances you’ll see from Édouard Mendy”.