Petr Cech has opened up on his role in Chelsea’s summer signing of Edouard Mendy following the goalkeeper’s impressive start at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea moved to strengthen their goalkeeping options with the capture of the Senegal international from Rennes during the summer, with Cech reportedly having advised the west London side over the transfer.
Mendy has since enjoyed a promising start to life in English football and kept another clean sheet during Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over the French side in the Champions League on Wednesday night, his fifth consecutive shut-out in all competitions.
Cech has now opened up on his role in the 28-year-old’s signing and says the club were keen to add a ‘different type’ of goalkeeper to their ranks following the struggles of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
“I gave my input [on Mendy’s signing], because we wanted to add to our goalkeeping group a slightly different type of keeper,” he told BT Sport.
“We have Kepa and Willy Caballero, who every time we needed him was ready to step in and we decided with Kepa going through a difficult moment where things were not happening for him on the pitch, we decided to add to our goalkeeping group and we agreed to bring in Edouard. So far, he’s been doing great.
“In my first eight games [at Chelsea], we had seven clean sheets. If he [Mendy] gets that and makes it better, I will be happy, because the team will do well and we will be winning, and this is ultimately what we want.”
Cech revealed that he had kept a close eye on the progress of Mendy for three-and-a-half years before his move to the Premier League this summer, having been informed of his potential upon his arrival at Rennes.
“I have to give credit to Christophe Lollichon who spoke to me about him three-and-a-half years ago when Edouard started playing for Reims. The one thing which is great about his story is obviously his year where, because of the fault of his agent, he was without a club.
“While I was playing at Arsenal, he said, ‘Watch this goalkeeper, he has a very interesting story.’ So I started following him.
“Obviously you watch all the other goalkeepers as well. I have watched 30, 40 different goalkeepers over the past year and a half, but I kept following Edouard and you see his evolution and progression every year, it got me the idea when we talked about what we want from a goalkeeper, what we would like to add to our goalkeeping group, his name came to my mind.
“The manager has a big input. The club and the scouting has his input and we all agreed he’s the goalkeeper we should get over.”