Exclusive: Cech reveals how long he scouted Mendy

Cech reveals how long he spent monitoring Mendy

Petr Cech has revealed he spent three years watching Edouard Mendy before Chelsea signed the goalkeeper from Rennes this summer.

The Frenchman was brought in as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, whose inconsistent performances often proved costly for the Blues last season.

Mendy has started well, keeping a clean sheet in each of his last five appearances. And Cech, now the club’s Technical and Performance Advisor, is not surprised.

“We had to make sure it was someone everyone agreed on, not just me,” Cech told Telefoot. “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 information. We gave the pros and cons of each goalkeeper.

“In the end, my knowledge of Edouard 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 Edouard Mendy.”


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