Eduoard Mendy explains relationship with Kepa Arrizabalaga since Chelsea switch

Edouard Mendy has opened up on his relationship with Kepa Arrizabalaga as the goalkeepers battle it out to be Chelsea's No1.

Mendy joined Frank Lampard's side in a £22m switch from Rennes in September amid concerns over the goalkeeping position.

And the Senegal keeper is quickly establishing himself as Lampard's first choice despite having only just arrived at Stamford Bridge.

He has conceded just once in the three games he has played for Chelsea, keeping clean sheets against Sevilla in the Champions League and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

By contrast, Kepa's season so far has been blighted by the kind of mistakes which saw him dropped for two spells by Lampard last season.

With Willy Caballero also on Chelsea's roster, it's easy to seen how there could be tensions among the club's goalkeepers.

But Mendy insists their relationship is a positive one.

"I have a very good relationship with Kepa," the 28-year-old said in quotes reported by Metro.

"The group of goalkeepers we have, we’re all very open and all of us understand the team is the most important thing here and doing what is right for the group.

"Our relationships are all very good, we work well together and we’re pushing each other every day to improve ourselves and improve each other.

"We know as goalkeepers we have to stay unified and united and that is what is happening at the moment."

Chelsea's technical director Petr Cech was this week surprisingly included by Lampard in Chelsea's Premier League squad.

The 38-year-old helped Chelsea to a huge haul of trophies – including four Premier League titles, the Champions League and Europa League – before spending four years with Arsenal.

But Mendy insists he is not fazed by following in the footsteps of a Chelsea icon who was one of the world's best keepers in his prime.

"To be at a club where such great goalkeepers have played is very important to me," said Mendy. "I am aware of the expectations surrounding the goalkeeper position at Chelsea.

"I am not going to put any pressure or compare myself to them because they are both legends here. They have played at a very, very high level for many years.

"I have only just arrived here so my aim is to carry on progressing and make sure that I am there for the team and settle.

"So that’s my objective right now and not to think about what Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini achieve here. They are legends and different to me."

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