Edouard Mendy is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Chelsea FC.
• date of Birth: March 1, 1992
• Omar: Age 29 years
• place of birth: Montvilliers, France
• Nationality: Senegalese / French
• position: A goal keeper
• Height: 194 cm / 6 ft 4 in
• Weight: 86 kg / 189 lbs
• Fees: £52,000 per week (unconfirmed)
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The 29-year-old goalkeeper was born in Montvilliers, France in March 1992 to a Senegalese mother and a father from Guinea-Bissau.
He started his career as a goalkeeper at Le Havre at the age of 13, eventually moving to Cherbourg. After a short stint in Marseille, Mendy joined Reims and then moved to Rennes.
Mendy signed Premier League club Chelsea on a big financial deal in the summer of 2020, while Frank Lampard was in charge of the southwest London side.
He quickly established himself as a first-team goalkeeper and helped the Blues win the Champions League in the 2020-21 season.
Mendy has been a regular in the Senegalese national team since his debut in 2018.
So, what do we know about Mendy’s journey to becoming the best goalkeeper he is today? This is his story.
Early life, parents and growing up
Edward Mendy (full name: Edouard Osoque Mendy) She was born on March 1, 1992 in Montvilliers, France, to a Senegalese mother and Guinea-Bissau father.
He started his football career in his native France and joined the Le Havre academy when he was aged 13 but after struggling to hold on to a regular playing place, he fell back from the levels to earn time to play with CS MUNICIPAUX Le Havre.
AS Cherbourg signed Mendy when he was 19 and, three years later, signed him at Olympique de Marseille, but he struggled to earn regular playing time and his career only really began to take off when he signed at Stade de Reims in the summer of 2016.
Before joining Marseille and after leaving Cherbourg, Mendy admitted that he had serious doubts about his football career during a period of unemployment in 2014.
“I had to receive unemployment support at that time so that I could fully devote myself to football,” Mindy said in an interview in 2020.
“If someone had told me six years ago when I didn’t have a club, I would have ended up here [at Chelsea FC]I didn’t even bother looking at them or listening to them. I have real doubts about whether I will continue.”
Mendy signed for the Stade de Reims during the 2016-17 Ligue 1 season and initially struggled to break into the first team.
However, he managed to impress when he was called up and secured a place as the first-team goalkeeper in the 2017-18 season, helping Reims win the Ligue 1 title and securing promotion to Ligue 1.
In the 2018-2019 season, Mendy started all of Reims’s 38 Ligue 1 matches, achieving an impressive feat with eight places, and the Senegalese goalkeeper keeping 14 clean sheets.
His impressive performance between positions with Reims did not go unnoticed, and in the summer of 2019, a move to the French team Rennes was encouraging.
Rain signed with Mindy for an undisclosed transfer fee on August 6, 2019.
He made his debut for his new club in his third Ligue 1 game of the season after recovering from a finger injury, as Mendy helped his side keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 win away to Strasbourg.
The impressive goalkeeper continued to keep nine clean sheets in 24 Ligue 1 matches for Rennes in a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. Rennes finished third in the standings to secure qualification for the Champions League.
Chelsea Football Club
After much speculation, Chelsea FC under Frank Lampard announced the signing of Mendy from Rennes on September 24, 2020.
He signed an initial five-year contract with the Blues and the transfer fee was reported to be around £22m.
Upon signing for the Blues, Mendy admitted it was a “dream” to complete a move to the Premier League club.
“I am very excited to be joining Chelsea,” Mendy said at the time. “It is a dream for me to be part of this exciting team and to work with Frank Lampard and all his coaching staff. I look forward to meeting my teammates and can’t wait to get started.”
Mendy made his Chelsea debut in the fourth round of the League Cup against Tottenham Hotspur on September 29, 2020, a match that the Blues lost on penalties.
He made his Premier League debut for the London side on 3 October 2020, as the goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
In November 2020, after working with Mendy at Chelsea FC for a few weeks, Lampard, then the Blues coach, admitted he was very moved by what he saw from the goalkeeper.
Lampard said of Mendy in November 2020: “He showed the qualities that we brought him to the club for. All the feedback has been that he has a great personality, a strong personality in the dressing room, and all I’ve heard, all those positives, come true. His personality seems to be pretty laid-back. What a tough advantage when it comes to work.
“He takes a bit of maintenance, works hard, wants more work, and is keen to deal with his teammates and myself. He has a smile on his face, so it’s really positive when you have a player come in and hit the ground running on the field and in the dressing room.”
Although Lampard was sacked in January 2021, the season has been positive for Mendy and Chelsea. After bringing in Thomas Tuchel as Lampard’s replacement, Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.
Mendy became the first African goalkeeper to play in a Champions League final as he helped Chelsea FC win 1-0 over Manchester City and win the title.
During that campaign, Mendy equaled the record for the most clean sheets in a Champions League season. He kept nine clean sheets to help the Blues win the competition.
Mendy appeared in some friendly matches for Guinea Bissau, the country where his father belongs, around 2016. He was called up by Guinea Bissau to play with them in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but in the end he turned down the invitation and pledged his allegiance to Senegal.
He made his debut for Senegal during the 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea on November 18, 2018, and was able to prove himself as the goalkeeper for his country in the following matches.
Life off the field
During his unemployment stint in 2014 after leaving Cherbourg in the lower league, Mendy admitted that he started looking for jobs outside of football before coming to Marseille.
“It was very difficult and my partner was also expecting our first baby, so unemployment support wouldn’t be enough for us, we needed something else, so I started looking for another job,” Mindy says. “But then I had the opportunity to go to Marseille and was tried there. Fortunately for me, it worked, and when it happened it was a complete relief for me.
“Because being a year without football is a very long time. I had many doubts during that time. But thanks to my family, who helped me a lot in those moments to keep me strong.”
What did others say?
Former Manchester United star Gary Neville on Mendy’s MVP performance against Brentford in October 2021: “he [Mendy] It was absolutely wonderful. If you are going to win a title there will be matches where you don’t play well, you don’t deserve to win the match but your goalkeeper is making two or three saves on a world class level. It was brilliant today, Mindy.
“It is very difficult to score against Chelsea, not only because of the change to the five in the center of defence, which Thomas Tuchel brought in, but also because of the goalkeeper.”
Thomas Tuchel, speaking in September 2021, about working with Mendy at Chelsea: “I am very happy with him. He is a wonderful guy with a great personality, very humble, very calm. His development since day one has been fantastic. He plays with great confidence. It is very difficult to score against him in training.
“The goalkeeper coaches and the second and third goalkeepers have done a great job, because only if they are a great team and push each other to the limit can the first player perform like he did. He is calm because he feels safe in his environment. Every great team needs an outstanding goalkeeper, And we have one.”
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