Chelsea legend and technical adviser Petr Cech has revealed the process that led to the £22m capture of Édouard Mendy from Rennes in the summer.
Cech made this revelation in chat with Téléfoot Chaîne today and went on to say that we haven’t seen the best performances of the 28-year-old goalkeeper.
“We had to make sure it was someone everyone agreed on, not just me,” Cech told Téléfoot Chaîne, as quoted by Sport Witness.
“It had to be the club, and especially the manager, who had to be comfortable with the choice. We had a list of goalkeepers. We presented it all to Frank Lampard. We talked with the scouts. We shared information. We gave the pros and cons of each goalkeeper.
“In the end, my knowledge of Édouard for the past three years helped. I think he’s a goalkeeper who can still improve, with his work, professionalism and desire to be better every day.
Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday meant Mendy is now the first Chelsea goalkeeper since Petr Cech himself in 2004 to keep a clean sheet in his first three Premier League starts.
Cech himself said we are yet to see Mendy’s best performances in Chelsea’s shirt.
“I’m convinced he’ll improve more, and these aren’t the best performances you’ll see from Édouard Mendy,” he concluded.