The highly-rated Senegal international goalkeeper joined the Blues in the summer of 2020 and is now a Champions League winner
Edouard Mendy admits to fearing that a move to Chelsea would never happen, with the Senegal international expecting the Blues to favour an alternative option when looking to land a new goalkeeper.
The 29-year-old managed to keep 25 clean sheets in 45 appearances across all competitions for the Champions League winners last season, and he proved to play a focal part in his side’s strong finish to the Premier League campaign as well.
“I often spoke to my agent, who told me about Chelsea’s interest,” said Mendy, ahead of his side’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Villarreal on Wednesday, as quoted by UEFA’s official website.
“I tried not to think about it, because Chelsea are a pretty big deal and I’d come a really long way (from France), but when the phone conversations started escalating, I realised that there was real interest from Chelsea and that I had to go for it.”
Mendy further discussed how Chelsea legend Petr Čech convinced him to make the switch from the Ligue 1 to the Premier League giants.
“I told myself that Chelsea might sign another goalkeeper, but Petr called me. He said: “Listen, only one goalkeeper is going to sign for the club, and it will be you. I only want you.” When a keeper like Petr, with the career he had and being the Chelsea legend he is, tells you that, it calms you down a bit.”