Edouard Mendy played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s triumphant journey to capture the UEFA Champions League trophy in his debut season. Many attributed their loss in the FA Cup final that year to his absence.
His exceptional performance throughout the Champions League campaign earned him the prestigious UEFA Best Goalkeeper award, further solidifying his reputation as a top-class shot-stopper.
The subsequent season commenced positively for Mendy and Chelsea, with the goalkeeper playing a crucial part in their victories in the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
A Decline in Form
Unfortunately, Mendy’s form began to dwindle after his participation in the 2021 African Cup of Nations, where he emerged as a champion.
Struggling to regain his previous levels of performance, the goalkeeper found himself facing diminished opportunities under the management of Graham Potter, who reinstated Kepa Arrizabalaga as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Even when Frank Lampard returned for a second stint as manager, he continued to favor Arrizabalaga, leaving Mendy longing for regular game time.
Mendy’s Desire to Depart
With limited prospects at Chelsea, Edouard Mendy has expressed a desire to seek a new challenge elsewhere.
Moreover, from a financial standpoint, Mendy’s potential departure may prove more feasible for the club compared to Kepa Arrizabalaga, who arrived at Stamford Bridge for a record-breaking transfer fee and commands equally substantial wages.
Nice & Monaco’s Search for a Goalkeeper
AS Monaco, whose first-choice goalkeeper this season was Alexander Nubel on loan from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, now find themselves in need of a reliable shot-stopper as Nubel’s two-year loan deal has expired. The club is actively pursuing options to fill this crucial role.
OGC Nice, too, are in the market for a new goalkeeper following reported dissatisfaction among the teammates regarding Kasper Schmeichel’s performance this season. In their search for a reliable number one, Nice has set their sights on Edouard Mendy.