Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has revealed he is determined to prove to Chelsea chiefs Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech that they hadn’t made a mistake signing him.
“I am constantly driving myself on to prove that Chelsea didn’t make a mistake and that they made the right choice,” he told the Daily Mail.
“So much has changed for me,” says Mendy. “There are lots of reasons why I went from that player who couldn’t get a club to where I am now. I was always convinced of my own ability. I was really sure I could finally go all the way and make it as professional player. It helped convince me of that when I saw other goalkeepers playing.
“I was confident. I saw other goalkeepers when I trained alongside them. When I was without a club and I was on unemployment benefit, I went back to the club where I had been in the academy and I was training alongside goalkeepers there who had pro contracts and I thought, ‘I’m as good as them, in fact I’m better than them, I can go all the way’.
“My family provided really strong support. They were always behind me, even in the tough times when I was struggling financially. And the big thing was that I was going to be a father for the first time and it was an inspiration for me to know that I was going to have my own family responsibilities and I needed to be a success for my son.
“One of the things I can now do for my son is to say to him if life gets tough like it did for me, you can lean on those tough times to be able to become stronger and get better and improve and never give up. Never give up. That is the key. Jamais lacher. Hopefully he will be able to take those lessons from my own personal experience and if ever he needs to draw on those, he has got that ready for him.”