Chelsea: Edouard Mendy ‘REJECTS new contract because he was offered less than Kepa’


Edouard Mendy ‘REJECTS Chelsea’s opening offer of a new contract because he would earn less than £190,000-per-week understudy Kepa’ – with the club keen to tie down the goalkeeper despite mistakes against Leeds and West Ham

  • Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has knocked back Chelsea’s offer of a new contract 
  • The Senegalese is one of the lowest-paid players in the Blues’ first-team squad
  • Mendy rejected the opening offer because it was inferior to No 2 Kepa’s terms 
  • The Blues are keen to keep Mendy at the club despite several recent mistakes 

Edouard Mendy has knocked back Chelsea’s opening offer of a new contract.

The Senegalese goalkeeper is one of the lowest-paid players in the Blues squad but rejected the first proposal because the terms were inferior to his understudy Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is on £190,000 a week.

According to the Evening Standard, the club are keen to tie the stopper down to fresh terms despite recent mistakes against Leeds and West Ham.

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has knocked back Chelsea’s opening offer of a new contract

He rejected it because the terms were inferior to No 2 Kepa's deal, worth £190,000 a week

He rejected it because the terms were inferior to No 2 Kepa’s deal, worth £190,000 a week

On Tuesday, homegrown defender Reece James committed to the club long-term, signing a bumper new six-year deal worth £250,000 a week and making him the highest-paid defender in Chelsea history.

The west London side are also said to be opening contract talks with fellow academy star, midfielder Mason Mount, too as new owner Todd Boehly looks to secure the club’s top talent for the foreseeable future.

Mendy’s current deal – signed when he joined from Rennes in September 2020 – runs until 2025, and manager Thomas Tuchel defended his No 1 despite errors costing his side recently.

He said: ‘It’s a very sensitive position in football and it’s not everything that’s just pure quality and only about decision-making. It’s also about confidence and luck.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel (above) defended Mendy despite recent errors costing his side

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel (above) defended Mendy despite recent errors costing his side

The London side recently tied down Reece James (left) to fresh terms and are reportedly keen to extend the contract of Mason Mount (right) as they look to keep their top talent at the club

The London side recently tied down Reece James (left) to fresh terms and are reportedly keen to extend the contract of Mason Mount (right) as they look to keep their top talent at the club

‘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.

‘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.’

Tuchel’s side face Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia in their Champions League group-stage opener on Tuesday evening. 

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