Chelsea signs goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on 5-year deal

Chelsea has signed Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from French club Stade Rennes on a five-year deal on Thursday.

“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 teammates and can’t wait to get started,” Mendy said.

Mendy played 33 games in all competitions for Rennes last season as they finished third in Ligue 1 to qualify for the Champions League.

He becomes the second goalkeeper to make the switch from Rennes to Chelsea following Petr Cech’s move in 2004.

“As soon as 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,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.

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

Mendy’s signing follows the arrivals of full back Ben Chilwell, striker Timo Werner and wingers Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz, with the overall outlay totalling more than 200 million pounds.