Edouard Mendy has reportedly rejected a new Chelsea contract after being offered less than rival Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Senegalese star was dropped to the bench for the Blues’ 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night. It came after a dip in form and an alleged patella tendon injury for the 30-year-old.
But Mendy is also claimed to have turned down a new contract with the west London club after being offered less than the £190,000 his fellow goalkeeper and Chelsea No.2 Kepa earns, according to The Evening Standard. And manager Thomas Tuchel gave a cryptic response when discussing Mendy’s form ahead of the Zagreb match.
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Tuchel said: “I think it’s a very sensitive position in football in general — and it’s not everything that’s just pure quality and only about decision-making. It’s also about the feeling and the feeling that you feel the confidence and sometimes it’s a bit of also having the luck.
“Somebody sent me an interesting quote about Napoleon, who asked his generals if they should not only have the best quality, but he needs also that they are lucky generals.
“So, this is what you need also from leaders and from goalkeepers, and that they have the kind of momentum that if they do a little mistake, it’s not punished. Now, he gets punished a lot for not a lot of what he does wrong, but there are no doubts in my mind.
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“The situation is calm. We have two fantastic goalkeepers, two fantastic guys. We are aware of it that [Mendy] is in that kind of situation, but first, we deal inside and then we tell you.”
Mendy played an integral part in Chelsea winning the Champions League in his first season with the club, stepping in and forcing his Spanish counterpart out of the starting-11. He also helped Senegal to a maiden Africa Cup of Nations victory earlier this year.
However, the shot-stopper has made several mistakes already this season. He was caught in possession during the defeat to Leeds and failed to punch clear a looping header from a set-piece against West Ham, with both instances leading to goals.
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