Edouard Mendy explains relationship with Chelsea rival Kepa Arrizabalaga

Edouard Mendy insists he has a “good relationship” with Kepa Arrizabalaga despite replacing the Spaniard as Chelsea’s No.1 goalkeeper.

Mendy, 28, joined the Blues in a £22million switch from Rennes over the summer, with Frank Lampard keen to provide competition for Kepa following a series of costly mistakes in between the sticks.

The Senegal shot-stopper has impressed in his first three appearances, conceding just one goal and keeping two clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Sevilla.

As a result, Lampard has already admitted he is now his first-choice goalkeeper, moving ahead of Arrizabalaga in the pecking order.

Despite their battle to be the club’s No.1, though, Mendy says he gets along well with Kepa as well as backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

“I have a very good relationship with Kepa,” he 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.”

Kepa has struggled at Stamford Bridge over the past year, recording the second-lowest save percentage in the Premier League last season.

Chelsea conceded 54 goals in 2019/20 as a result, while also shipping in nine goals in their first five games of the new campaign.

But when quizzed on the Blues’ alarming defensive stats this week, Lampard issued a thinly-veiled dig Kepa’s way by pointing to the low amount of shots his side face.

“In terms of the goals conceded, I am aware of the stats,” he said.

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“The other stat is that since we have been here we have conceded the second least shots in the Premier League behind Man City, so sometimes it helps you to narrow down some of the issues.

“And the issues are that we don’t concede too many shots on goal but when we do we concede goals. It’s something we are aware of when you look at our recruitment.”

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