Chelsea star Édouard Mendy has admitted his love for the club, years before he joined the Blues from Rennes in the summer.

Mendy has been in top form for Chelsea this season, keeping four clean sheets in five games he has played so far, equalling Petr Cech’s record at Stamford Bridge.

In an interview with TalkSport, Mendy opened up on why he joined Chelsea and his ambition.

“When I heard about Chelsea’s interest, it was actually when I was at Reims, before I joined Rennes,” he said.

“It was of course quite unbelievable to hear that, particularly in my case as three years before I’d been without a club.

“When you hear about something like that, you have to leave it to one side because it can be distracting. But it worked out for the best, I played my season in France and it went very well and when the offer was formally made I did all that I could to join Chelsea because they’re a club I’ve loved for years.

“It’s a real source of pride for me. I wouldn’t say this is the end and ultimate objective but it’s true it’s a real step in the right direction for me as a player.”

The 28-year-old joined Chelsea from Rennes during the summer transfer window for £22m after one season at the French club.