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Chelsea: Kepa future in doubt as Lampard signs Rennes goalkeeper Mendy

Big-spending Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Ligue 1 side Rennes as Frank Lampard eyes a solution to a problem position.

Chelsea sign Rennes goalkeeper Mendy

Chelsea have signed Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The big-spending Blues have reportedly paid just over £20million to bring 28-year-old Mendy to Stamford Bridge, casting further doubt on the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga. 

Mendy's arrival in London places the spotlight firmly on the error-prone Spain keeper, who made another costly mistake in Chelsea's Premier League defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

The towering Mendy helped Ligue 1 side Rennes qualify for the Champions League for the first time last season and now becomes Frank Lampard's eighth new recruit in the transfer window.

Mendy singled out by Cech as perfect Cheslea keeper

Mendy said: "I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It's a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff. I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can't wait to get started."

Blues director Marina Granovskaia explained that Petr Cech, Chelsea's former goalkeeper and current technical and performance adviser, picked out Mendy as an ideal candidate.

Granovskaia said: "As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in.

"Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club."

Mendy, who will also compete with Willy Caballero for a starting berth, impressed during a three-year spell at Reims before making the switch to Rennes.

He kept 13 clean sheets and conceded just 31 goals in 33 matches in his only full season with Rennes before the French campaign was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cech also moved from Rennes to Chelsea, making that switch 16 years ago.