Edouard Mendy’s Senegal success to cost Chelsea next season

New Chelsea goalkeeper has conceded just twice and kept six clean sheets in his first eight games far for the Blues. But Frank Lampard is set to be without him for an extended period next season due to other commitments.

Edouard Mendy’s success with Senegal over the international break is likely to cost Chelsea next season.

Summer signing Mendy has hugely impressed for club and country after arriving from Rennes for £22m in September.

During this week’s international break, the 28-year-old helped secure Senegal’s qualification into the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, keeping two assured clean sheets.

The tournament had been scheduled to take place in the summer of next year, but was pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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However, it will now spread across January and February 2022, meaning Mendy will be absent from his Chelsea duties for an extended period of time.

Hosting the tournament in the summer was not an option due to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Mendy has replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s first choice stopper this season after two years of inconsistent performances.

But ex-Blues keeper Asmir Begovic has backed the Spaniard to turn his Stamford Bridge career around and be a “huge success”.


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“I don’t think it’s gone to plan for everyone,” he told talkSPORT.

“These situations are never straightforward. If you spend a big transfer fee it doesn’t mean everything is going to work out; there are a lot of factors into making a move work and making an impact at a club.

“Mendy has come in and done really, really well, I think he’s really solidified that position.

“He’s been impressive, he’s been a joy to watch to be honest and he’s someone I really enjoy watching.

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“But can Kepa still prove everybody wrong? Possibly.

“I think Kepa is a really good goalkeeper, he played really well in Spain before his move to Chelsea and it’s obviously been a bit of a tricky time for him.

“He’s got really good quality and I’m sure he’ll be a huge success, whether it’s at Chelsea or somewhere else.

“When you have that equality it’s only going to be matter of time before things turn around for him again in a positive way.”

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