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“A state of friendship.” – Mendy opens up on relationship with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcus Bettinelli

Edouard Mendy has opened up on his relationship with fellow shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcus Bettinelli.

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Mendy joined Chelsea from French club Rennes last year and was immediately thrusted into first-team action, playing 31 times in the Premier League during his opening campaign in England.

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The 29-year-old has firmly cemented himself ahead of Arrizabalaga as the west London club’s No.1 keeper this term after putting in several match-winning performances for the Blues.

Chelsea currently sit top of the Premier League table, having conceded just four goals in their opening 11 matches – the lowest amount by any team in the top flight.

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Despite being picked to start ahead of Arrizabalaga, the Senegal international admits that there is still a positive atmosphere between the goalkeepers.

He told Egyptian outlet El Match TV during the international break: "My relationship with Kepa is very good, as is my relationship with Marcus [Bettinelli], the third goalkeeper at Chelsea. We compete with interest. 
"The most important thing is that the competition between the players is for the benefit of the team. The titles are for the club and not for the player. My relationship with my teammates is very good. I respect everyone and there is always a state of friendship between us."

The Blues will be looking to continue their fine form when they travel to the Midlands to take on Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday.


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