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Chelsea play host to Rennes in our third Champions League clash of the season, and it’s a reunion for Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who will have to face his former side just few months after leaving them.
Chelsea signed Mendy from Rennes for £22m in September, and the Senegal international has already made a huge impression at the club, by keeping clean sheets in his last four games.
With Chelsea set to play Rennes in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge tonight, Rennes manager Julien Stephan has revealed he’s glad to face his former goalkeeper, even though he feels sad to have lost him.
“As we said goodbye to each other,” recounted Rennes head coach Julien Stephan, “we thought we would meet again very soon in the group stage of the Champions League. It’s a wish that has been granted.”
“Despite my disappointment at losing a great goalkeeper and a great man, I am delighted for him at getting this opportunity,” said Stephan when Mendy departed.
“He has been rewarded for the effort he has put in throughout his career. He has had a unique journey. It has always relied on very strong values, respect, work and righteousness. He is rewarded for all the efforts he has made in his career.
“He has the opportunity to go to a big club. It’s bound to be progression for him. This is a higher step. We wish him the best and the greatest success in this project.”