Chelsea keeper Mendy was on dole at 22 & nearly quit before becoming Blues hero

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Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was the hero as the Blues managed a 1–0 win against Brentfod.

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The giant Senegal, who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall, pulled off a string of first-class saves to negate the bees and is arguably the most in-form shotsstopper in the world at the moment.

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Edouard Mendy was a hero for Chelsea in 1-0 win over Brentfordcredit: getty
Shotstopper Mendy pulled off a string of world class saves while holding the Blues

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Shotstopper Mendy pulled off a string of world class saves while holding the Bluescredit: Richard Pelham /
Mendy has enjoyed a remarkable career

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Mendy has enjoyed a remarkable careercredit: Getty Images – Getty

This completes a remarkable turning point in Mendy’s life, the £22m signing from Rennes in 2020.

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It was only seven years before Real Madrid star Ferland Mendy’s cousin Mendy was unemployed when his contract with French fourth-tier side Cherbourg expired.

And after a deal with a League One club, it appeared that his days as a professional footballer were over as he signed Dole.

on the scrap pile

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Mendy was just 22 when his contract with Cherbourg expired.

Wanting to take on a new challenge, he was offered a contract by other clubs.

But it was the temptation to move across the channel to an unknown League One side that seemed most appealing.

The player’s former agent assured him that a deal had been struck, although Mendy soon discovered that the job offer was not working.

Mendy became unemployed at the age of 22 after being relegated by the French club to the fourth division.

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Mendy became unemployed at the age of 22 after being relegated by the French club to the fourth division.credit: Kenny Ramsay – Glasgow
With his future up in the air, Mendy considered quitting the sport.

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With his future up in the air, Mendy considered quitting the sport.

This left promising talent clubbed, jobless and queuing up at job centres.

Away from the sport for years, Mendy was forced to consider leaving football to pursue something else.

He amassed wealth – just to satisfy his needs.

“For a football player or anyone else, being unemployed is like a slap in the face,” Mendy said. So Foot Magazine.

“Failures over and over again leave a mark on you, and you start to think that you might not be made for it.”

redemption

With his confidence seriously hurt, Mendy returned to the club where it all started for him as a youngster, Le Havre.

He trained religiously without payment for a year, until a former teammate told him that Marseille were looking for a goalkeeper to replace the reserves of Julian Fabry and Bryce Samba, who were sent on loan. had gone.

Mendy had a trial with the 1993 European Cup winners and was signed as a fourth substitute keeper.

There he worked with French international Steve Mandanda and played in the B team.

Mendy has blossomed into a Senegalese international

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Mendy has blossomed into a Senegalese international
At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Mendy is a commanding presence in her own box

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At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Mendy is a commanding presence in her own boxcredit: Getty Images – Getty

“I reached a new level in Marseille,” he revealed.

“I trained with professionals all year long, which you wouldn’t normally expect as a No. 4 keeper.

“It was proof that I did well and put in all the necessary efforts. It was a rewarding year.

“Training with players like Lasana Diyara, Abu Diabi … and winning doubles against Steven Fletcher or Michi Batsuyai brought a lot to me.”

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Seeking regular playing time, Mendy moved to Ligue 2 outfit Reims in 2016.

It was finally time for him to achieve his success in the sport.

When first-choice keeper Johan Carasso was dismissed, Mendy got his chance.

Seven games and three clean sheets later, a star was born.

Mendy became the first choice in 2017-18, and helped the club gain promotion to Ligue 1.

Raines for Chelsea

It was only in the summer of 2019 that Mendy signed for Rennes for a fee of £3.5 million.

Mendy signed for Chelsea for £22m

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Mendy signed for Chelsea for £22mcredit: Getty Images – Getty
Chelsea legend Petr Sech reportedly recommended Mendy to the Blues

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Chelsea legend Petr Sech reportedly recommended Mendy to the Bluescredit: Getty Images – Getty
Mendy has established himself as Chelsea's No. 1 in England

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Mendy has established himself as Chelsea’s No. 1 in Englandcredit: getty

And their rise has been rapid.

He helped his new club finish in the top three in France’s Ligue Un last season.

More importantly, Rennes qualified for the Champions League thanks to his exploits.

Commanding between sticks, late-developer Mendy continues to blossom at Chelsea.

In his 31 appearances in the Premier League, he kept 16 clean sheets in a promising debut season.

And this season he has continued where he left off last and easily one of Europe’s best.

Thomas Tuchel says Edouard Mendy not bothered by the lack of Ballon d’Or shortlist, but thinks the entire team should be nominated

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