New Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy says he’s long been a Chelsea fan.
The 28-year-old Senegal international joined the Premier League side on a five-year deal from French club Rennes this week, potentially becoming the number one choice at Stamford Bridge.
And he revealed he has always “adored” the west London giants following a trip to the South Coast in which he wore a blues top in a store for the first time, an excited 12-year-old he was during that moment.
“Yes! I’ve been a Chelsea supporter since I was little. I adore this club,” Mendy told the club website.
“When I was 12 I had the chance with a past club I played for to go to Brighton, and we watched a match. I thought English football was amazing.
“We went into a shop and I saw the Chelsea shirt, this was about 2003 when Ranieri was the manager, and I bought this shirt. So I’ve always liked this club.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard expects his new goalkeeper to increase competition for the No 1 spot as Kepa – the world’s most expensive goalkeeper continues to be under-pressure to perform, and Willy Caballero also battling for the No 1 jersey.
The Senegalese international admitted it will be a “privilege” to wear Chelsea’s colours for real this time around.
“I’m very proud,” Mendy added.
“When a club like Chelsea is interested in you, it means you’ve done great work every weekend.
“Everyone knows Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and everyone would like to play for this team, but not everyone can.
“To have a chance to wear this shirt and defend the club’s colours, it’s a privilege.”
Mendy took part in his first training session today at Cobham where he was under expert mentoring by Chelsea great Petr Cech. Lampard has already stated that Mendy won’t feature in tonight’s evening match at West Brom, but he will surely be part of the squad for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup match away at Spurs.