Mendy reveals Kepa wished him luck after ousting him as Lampard's No 1

Chelsea new boy Edouard Mendy reveals £72m flop Kepa Arrizabalaga wished him luck after ousting him as Frank Lampard’s No 1 and insists the goalkeepers are a ‘united team’

  • Chelsea new boy Edouard Mendy says Kepa wished him luck before club debut
  • The £22m summer signing replaced the Chelsea flop between the sticks
  • Mendy insisted that they are a ‘united team’ after replacing the £72m Spaniard 

Chelsea’s new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has insisted that there is no bad blood between him and Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Blues camp.

Kepa has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge under boss Frank Lampard and lost his place in the starting team to the French stopper, who joined from Rennes for £22million in the summer.

The Spaniard has been on a long run of poor form but that hasn’t stopped the £72million flop showing support for the new arrival.

Chelsea new boy Edouard Mendy insisted that there is no bad blood between him and Kepa

Kepa, who lost his place to Mendy, wished the summer signing luck for his Blues debut

Mendy insisted that the Chelsea squad is a ‘united team’ as he continues to settle in at Cobham Training Ground learning from Blues legend Petr Cech.

‘Before my first match, he absolutely wished me good luck,’ Mendy said when asked about Kepa. 

‘He never holds back if he thinks he sees things that I might have missed, just as Willy Caballero does as well.

‘It’s great that we have a united team, the three of us, it is good for us and good for the rest of the team.’

The £22m summer signing said they have a ‘united team’ as he settles in at Cobham

The 28-year-old, who made his Premier League debut in a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace, said that Kepa’s struggles did not influence his decision to move to England. 

‘I think everyone who knows and follows football could see there was a unique situation here with regards to goalkeepers but it really wasn’t something that had any role in my decision to come to Chelsea,’ he added.

‘I was focusing on what the coach had told me about coming here. He, along with the rest of the club, reassured me that this would be the best club for me to continue developing as a player and to help the team. That’s what I’m focusing on.’

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Frank Lampard reacts to Kepa Arrizabalaga's latest mistake for Chelsea

Frank Lampard insists he will continue to support Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper’s latest mistake in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Southampton, while he expects Edouard Mendy will return within two weeks.

The West London club went two goals ahead at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to a Timo Werner brace but were pegged back twice in the game, with Jannik Vestergaard striking in stoppage time to secure a draw for Southampton.

Kepa made several good stops as Saints dominated the second half, but was at fault for the away side’s second goal; Kurt Zouma under-hit his pass back to the keeper, who made a meal of his attempted tackle and allowed Che Adams to rifle home.

Lampard was disappointed for Kepa that the mistake overshadowed an otherwise decent display – also noting that he was not the only player at fault – and still hopes he can get through this difficult period of form.

Asked if Kepa is mentally strong enough to deal with yet another error, Lampard said: ‘He has to be strong enough, that’s part of the job we’re in when you’re playing top-level, elite sport.

‘All eyes are on, how competitive it is we know that, and the goalkeeper and their role means they have to really deal with that and these sort of moments. And that continues with Kepa.

‘He has to deal with that, he will feel the support of myself and he will feel the support of his teammates. And it’s unfortunate, because he did make a couple of good saves today.

‘Of course, when you’re a goalkeeper, typically people will judge you on other moments sometimes as well. But he has to keep working, there’s only one way through those kind of periods and that’s work and to feel the support around him.’

Asked a follow up question about Kepa’s future when Mendy returns from injury, Lampard continued: ‘Well I was just talking about Kepa there. He made two really good saves in the match today, but of course people’s eyes will be drawn to the second goal and I understand that.

‘But it wasn’t just Kepa who was involved in that goal. So that’s the unfortunate world of being a goalkeeper.

‘And it’s clear that Mendy at the moment is injured and will probably be fit in the next week or two weeks, and then that will be the decision for me to make about who plays.’

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