Marina Granovskaia outlines Petr Cech role in Chelsea targeting Edouard Mendy

Marina Granovskaia is delighted that Edouard Mendy has finally signed for Chelsea.

The 28-year-old has moved to Stamford Bridge from Rennes for a fee in the region of £20m, and has been described as ’suitable to complement the existing group’.

Director Granovskaia has also revealed how Petr Cech, in his role as technical and performance adviser, played a part in the signing of the player who will provide competition with Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Mendy conceded only 19 goals in 24 Ligue 1 outings last season while keeping nine clean sheets – helping his former side to an impressive third place finish behind only PSG and Marseille.

Granovskaia has said: “As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in.

“Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”

Mendy then added said: “I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff.

“I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.”

Frank Lampard has openly discussed the move for Mendy leading up to the announcement, despite backing the under pressure Kepa amid his recent poor form.

The former Derby boss said on Tuesday: “If you don’t have communication with someone who is having a difficult time they don’t know how you feel and they see that void as something that can be negative.

“So it’s very important I speak to Kepa or any other player in that situation. And I have done.

“I had lots of moments of low confidence, bad form, difficult moments in my career that I would happily go into myself when I speak to the players.

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“Having tough times is something that happens to any player during their career and how you come through that will define you in terms of your longevity and what you achieve.

“For me, the main thing that gets a player through a lack of confidence is hard work.

“Head down, no blame game, look at yourself, see how you can get better. Those are the rules for every player.”

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