Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Edouard Mendy’s Chelsea future in doubt with the goalkeeper considering exit due to concerns that his indisputable first-choice goalkeeper preference is over

Edouard Mendy’s Chelsea future in doubt with the goalkeeper considering exit due to concerns that his indisputable first-choice goalkeeper preference is over

The future of Chelsea star Edouard Mendy is uncertain heading into the World Cup, with the goalkeeper mulling a possible move out of concern about his limited first-team opportunities.

The goalkeeper has been a tremendous success at Stamford Bridge since his transfer from Rennes in 2020 for £22 million.

However, the goalkeeper’s status as the Blues’ No. 1 has been called into question with the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel and the hiring of current head coach Graham Potter.

Kepa Arrizabalaga began Potter’s reign as Chelsea’s starting goalkeeper while Mendy was recovering from a knee injury.

Due to Arrizabalaga’s foot injury, the Senegalese international Mendy has started Chelsea’s previous four matches, three of which the team has lost.

Mendy’s current run of games has not allayed concerns that his time as Chelsea’s indisputable first-choice goalkeeper is over.

The goalkeeper remains confident that he can persuade Potter that he deserves to restore his No. 1 status, but there are suspicions that the Blues manager has already decided that Arrizabalaga – fitness permitting – will be the starting goalkeeper when the Premier League begins next month.

Indeed, Sportsmail has reported that Potter is interested in signing Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez away from his former club.

Mendy is anticipated to be Senegal’s starting goalkeeper in Qatar, where his strong play is sure to attract the attention of possible suitors.

There appears to be little likelihood of Chelsea approving a Mendy sale in January.

As he reaches the final two years of his contract at the end of the season, a decision regarding his future is likely to be made by the summer.

The club and Mendy have discussed an extension, but have been unable to reach an agreement, and the 30-year-old’s uncertain  role in Potter’s plans is unlikely to boost prospects for a resolution.

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