Mendy: “I had the opportunity to stay in Marseille but…”

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has revealed he has no regrets over his decision to leave Olympique Marseille.

After spending a season with the Marseille reserve team, Mendy joined Ligue 2 side Reims where he spent three seasons before joining Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2019. Mendy will then join Chelsea after just one season with Rennes.

He told So Foot: “I had the opportunity to stay in Marseille, but there was no point in doing so to be third goalkeeper behind Steve Mandanda and Yohann Pelé. I had just started again, Ligue 2 clubs contacted me, so the challenge was to find an ambitious club, which could offer me playing time.

“Be careful, I was leaving a season with the reserve of the ‘OM, so I wasn’t going to demand a number one spot, but I was looking for an opportunity to show my abilities. This is what Reims offered me: a chance. I grabbed it, I got to know Ligue 2 and Ligue 1. Behind Rennes, it was the club that gave me a new rhythm.”

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