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Sixteen years ago, Petr Cech signed for Chelsea from Rennes, and 16 years later, Cech has helped the club sign a top goalkeeper from Rennes, who will wear the No. 16 jersey at Chelsea.
Cech has been giving glowing reports about Mendy, and the Chelsea legend has revealed that he has been monitoring the 28-year-old goalkeeper for a long time now.
“I started following him when Reims won Ligue 2 and got promoted,” Cech told the official Chelsea website.
“You could see the first year with Reims in Ligue 1, he made a huge step forward in terms of his progression, and last year after joining Rennes you could really see this amazing progression continue.
“He’s someone who blossomed late, and it was maybe unexpected for some people. He’s sort of new in top professional football, it’s been four years. He’s still fresh, but already has a lot of experience.
“He has the qualities of overcoming difficult moments. It’s something that might help him. Coming to Chelsea there is a lot of pressure, but when you have had different pressures in your life before, like he has when he was unemployed and without a job, you might cope much better with pressure from football
“Last year playing with Rennes in the Europa League, and playing for Senegal, it gives him a lot of experience. I believe he will be a great complimentary unit for our team, and challenging our goalkeepers and fighting for the spot.”