Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy has opened out about his friendship with Kepa Arrizabalaga, the other Chelsea goalkeeper.

Mendy joined Chelsea from Rennes in France last year and was forced into the first team almost quickly, appearing 31 times in the Premier League during his first season in England.

After many match-winning performances for Thomas Tuchel’s side, notably a flurry of superb saves during Chelsea’s narrow 1-0 win against Brentford, the 29-year-old has firmly established himself ahead of Arrizabalaga as the west London club’s No.1 keeper this season.

Despite being selected ahead of Arrizabalaga for the starting lineup, the Senegalese international acknowledges that there is still a positive vibe between the two goalkeepers.

‘My relationship with Kepa is very good, as is my relationship with Marcus [Bettinelli], the third goalkeeper at Chelsea. We compete with interest,’ Mendy told Egyptian outlet El Match TV during the international break.

‘The most important thing is that the competition between the players is for the benefit of the team. The titles are for the club and not for the player.

‘My relationship with my teammates is very good. I respect everyone and there is always a state of friendship between us.’

Chelsea travel to face Leicester City next in the Premier League.

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