October 3, 2023
Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy

Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has bid farewell to Chelsea after a successful three-year stint, as he completes a move to Saudi Pro League team Al-Ahli.

The 31-year-old shot-stopper follows in the footsteps of former Chelsea teammates Kalidou Koulibaly and N’Golo Kante, who also departed during this transfer window to join clubs in Saudi Arabia.

Mendy’s time at Chelsea was marked by remarkable achievements. He played a pivotal role in the club’s triumph in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League, and throughout his tenure, he kept an impressive tally of 49 clean sheets in 105 appearances. Mendy’s outstanding performances earned him recognition as UEFA’s goalkeeper of the season and the Best FIFA Men’s Keeper for 2021.

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Having joined Chelsea from French side Rennes in 2020, Mendy’s international career with Senegal was also noteworthy, as he contributed to their victory in the Africa Cup of Nations. In the final, he made a crucial save during the penalty shootout that helped his country defeat Egypt.

However, Mendy’s situation at Stamford Bridge changed when Thomas Tuchel was replaced by Graham Potter as manager in September 2022. He gradually lost favor under Potter’s management and ended up serving as the backup goalkeeper to Kepa Arrizabalaga. As a result, Mendy only made three starts in the Premier League last season.

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Nonetheless, Mendy’s move to Al-Ahli offers him a fresh start and new opportunities in the Saudi Pro League. Chelsea fans will fondly remember his contributions and the trophies he helped the club secure during his time with the Blues.

In a statement on Chelsea’s website, the Premier League club said the goalkeeper was a “hugely likeable character”.

“Having started his career in the lower tiers of French football – and even spending several months without a club – Mendy rose to the pinnacle of European football with Chelsea,” said the club.

“A hugely likable character on and off the pitch, he will always have a place in our history for his significant contributions to our 2021 Champions League triumph.

“For that, and for everything else, we are grateful. Good luck, Edou!

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