Édouard Mendy is set to become the first African keeper to represent Chelsea, following the completion of his £22m move from Rennes to Chelsea this week.
The Senegalese is proud to be following in the footsteps of Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Samuel Eto’o and John Obi Mikel
at Chelsea, with the 28-year-old about to make his own piece of history.
A £22 million ($28m) transfer has seen Mendy become the latest summer arrival at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League giants do boast a rich history when it comes to talent from Africa, with their newest addition delighted to be treading the same path as some iconic performers.
Mendy told chelsea.com:
“Most of the biggest African talent has played for this team. Drogba, Essien, Eto’o, Mikel. When you see that, you want to continue it.
Regarding the goalkeeper, I am the first, so it really makes me very proud, and it’s also a big responsibility.”
“When this story is discussed, then I realise the path I have been on in my career. It’s true that it’s incredible. People say hard work pays off, and it does. I have worked very hard; I haven’t taken anything for granted.
“I was at Marseille, and then Reims, and then Rennes, and now Chelsea. It’s been a constant progression, and now I am ready to continue on that upward path.”
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Mendy will not play for Chelsea against West Brom tomorrow.
“To start tomorrow is not going to happen,” Lampard told the media.
“He has had a long week and not really trained. He flew in yesterday and it is too tight of a turnaround to start.”
Mendy’s debut could come against Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Written by @OluwaDara0