Edouard Mendy: ‘I almost quit football six years ago’


The 28-year-old was required to take welfare in France after being released by Cherbourg.

Edouard Mendy thinks conserving his football career after a year on the dole has set him approximately prosper at Chelsea

Senegal goalkeeper Mendy joined the Blues in a ₤ 20million deal from Rennes last month, however back in 2014 he lacked a club and fearing for his future in the sport.

The 28-year-old was required to take welfare in France after being released by Cherbourg, and after that his partner fell pregnant while he was fighting to find a new club.

After a year in the wilderness and training with Le Havre’s reserves, Mendy secured a move to Marseille and the opportunity to reanimate his career.

Now the France-born stopper is Senegal and Chelsea’s top, and confessed that year of difficulty has showed the making of him.

“If someone had said to me six years ago when I didn’t have a club that I would end up here, I wouldn’t have even bothered looking at or listening to them,” stated Mendy.

” I did really have my doubts about whether I would continue.

” However I take a look at it now and state that it’s thanks to those minutes that I am where I am today, and my family has also had the ability to take advantage of where I have actually got to with my football.

“Back then when I got the message from my representative at the time I started instantly to go back to the club where I trained when I was young, Le Havre, and I was training with the reserves there every early morning.

” In the afternoon I would go to the gym or to the pitch with my sibling, to practice shot stopping.

” I needed to take joblessness assistance at that time so I might devote myself completely to football.

” It was actually very challenging, due to the fact that on the one had you had the anger of discovering yourself without a club due to the fact that of the representative who I was with.

” However then there’s also the frustration of not having the ability to play at the weekend, not having the ability to do what you like, not having the ability to complete.

” Which’s actually hard for a footballer.

” It was extremely challenging and also my partner was anticipating our first child.

” Therefore the joblessness assistance wasn’t going to suffice for us, we required something else, therefore I did start searching for other work.

” However then I had the chance to go to Marseille and I was offered a trial there.

” Thankfully for me it worked, and when it did it was like a total relief for me.

” Since one year to go without football is an extremely long time.

“I had many, many doubts during that time. But it was thanks to my family who helped so much in those moments to keep me strong.”

Chelsea’s technical director Petr Cech played an essential role in suggesting Mendy to boss Frank Lampard.

Mendy exposed his pride in understanding his fellow former Rennes stopper had actually carefully tracked his career, insisting he wishes to pay back the faith now he is settling into west London life.

Petr Cech, imagined, played an essential role in Edouard Mendy’s transfer to Chelsea (Martin Rickett/PA)

Former Blues keeper Cech has been added to Chelsea’s Premier League squad this term as a Covid-19 preventative measure, however the 38-year-old will only come out of retirement in an emergency situation.

Mendy understands he can find out a lot from Cech’s mentoring, as he bids to seal himself as Chelsea’s first option.

“Yes, I have been aware that Petr Cech has been watching my matches for a number of years,” stated Mendy.

” It is very pleasing to hear that he has been viewing me and stating that he liked my profile and the way I was carrying out.

” So after the season with Rennes, the offer was available in from Chelsea and it is a very happy minute for me to join this club.

” Thanks to Petr and Christophe (Lollichon) for following me however it is clear that everybody here authorized my finalizing.

“Now it is up to me to repay their interest in me, having brought me to the club.”


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