Mendy reveals secret to displacing Kepa as Chelsea’s no.1 goalkeeper

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Edouard Mendy has displaced Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper since joining the club from Rennes.

Mendy has highlighted the relationship between players and staff as the secret to his fine start to life at Chelsea.

“Everyone has done everything to help me integrate as smoothly as possible, the players, the staff, they have all helped me,” Mendy told Chelsea’s official website.

“I respond to that by devoting myself to being the best goalkeeper I can be on the pitch, by doing what I can every day in training and in matches. I will continue like that to keep trying to help the team.

“I have joined a very good club. I feel good in this team. I have got to know them and gained an affinity with them which helps during games. Of course with Kurt and Thiago they speak French which is good for me, but I can communicate well with the other players too and I am really enjoying it.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has hailed Mendy for the impact he has had on the team.

“He’s been brilliant,” said the midfielder.

“Ever since he came in on his first day, but not just on the pitch, off the pitch he’s always smiling, a big presence round the group and he’s a big presence when he plays in goal.

“He’s been brilliant and long may it continue.

“All of them have come in and I hope they feel as welcome as they feel.

“They’ve been playing unbelievable, every single one of them has brought something to the team.

“You can see from our performances on the pitch how we’ve been gelling. We’re getting better and better, we’re not at our best at the moment, we’ve still got loads of time to improve, to get better, we want to win as many games as we can and keep clean sheets.

“We’re going to continue working on that. With the big man [Mendy] at the back doing what he’s doing, it starts from him and we’re all trying to do our best. So hopefully we can keep doing that.”

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