The Blues goalkeeper is ambitious for his future career in England. The Senegalese goalkeeper, who was signed by Chelsea last summer, has had a superb first season in England. The Senegalese international has been promoted to the starting line-up from Kepa Arrizabalaga and has just won the Champions League with the Blues in addition to finishing fourth in the Premier League.
Édouard Mendy was the guest of « 13h Smaïl » on the L’Équipe channel on Wednesday. From his ambitions to the victory in the Champions League final against Manchester City (1-0), the Chelsea goalkeeper gave an overview of the Blues’ news. The former Metz and Rennes goalkeeper, in particular, does not intend to stop there. « I don’t set myself any limits. I try to be better and to progress every day, » he said, before adding: « When you are in a team like Chelsea, you have to have in mind to progress and to be good. That’s the only way you can win titles and be successful over time. Especially when you have won Europe’s top competition for the first time after a remarkable run. « I’m very proud and very happy to have experienced this moment, it’s something rare in a player’s career, » he continued of the final win over Manchester City. « We had built up a lot of confidence since Thomas Tuchel arrived. Especially against Manchester City, whom we had beaten twice. We knew we were better than them physically, » said the Senegalese keeper. We knew that we were better than them physically, » said the Senegalese goalkeeper, « In the stats, in the data, we were superior to them. We knew we had to play the perfect game to win this trophy. And, tactically, we played the perfect game, » he said.
Édouard Mendy receives a hero’s welcome at home in Le Havre Caucriauville
Le Havre Caucriauville Sportif gave its members a nice present: Edouard Mendy, a child of the club and the first Le Havre player to win the Champions League. « How long has it been? », asks Édouard Mendy to Pierre, his first coach. Answer: 19 years. On Tuesday 1 May, the recent 2021 Champions League winner with Chelsea returned to the Ladoumègue stadium in Caucriauville, Le Havre, welcomed by the chants and shouts of 250 overexcited children. Simple, humble and smiling, Mendy greeted everyone, all the coaches, the elected officials (Régis Debons, deputy mayor in charge of sports and Oumou Niang-Fouquet, deputy mayor in charge of education and youth), the onlookers and of course the children. The vast majority of them were not born when the goalkeeper left HCS for AC Le Havre to launch a career full of obstacles. « The fraternity, the mutual aid, the values, that’s what sums up our neighbourhood », confides Edouard Mendy. « I am very happy with the people who take care of the club, they are old hands with a good head on their shoulders. It’s important for the sporting side, but also socially. »