Edouard Mendy says he seems a responsibility to be a success from Chelsea in order to encourage other Leading League sides to invest in African goalkeepers.
The 28-year-old Senegal international is currently the only African ‘keeper in the English top flight subsequent his £22m move to Stamford Link from Rennes last month.
Mendy has already established themself as Chelsea’s No 1 after conceding just one objective in his first three games, increasing hopes that he could be the answer to the particular Blues’ goalkeeping issues.
But he is unsure why therefore few of his fellow African owners have been given an opportunity in the Leading League, saying: “When you take a look at other leagues, there are more experimenting Europe; in France, there are 4 or 5 at least. Perhaps it’s something that could be explained in different ways.
“There’s lots of African players within the Premier League and the Premier Little league is the best league in the world, so this is a really positive thing. But you can find only a few African goalkeepers.
“Do I feel a particular pressure about this? Not really. It’s a source of pride to be an African goalkeeper within the Premier League. It’s up to myself to show, as an African goalkeeper, which i can really perform at this level and maybe change people’s mentalities of these details.
“I just need to ensure that I keep working hard and performing my best in matches to ensure that other goalkeepers can follow me personally into this league. ”
‘I want to prove Cech right’
Chelsea goalkeeping great, Petr Cech, who is right now an adviser for the club, was obviously a key figure in identifying Mendy as the Blues’ new keeper.
Mendy and Cech – that has been called in Chelsea’s Premier League team as emergency back-up – both played for Rennes before making the move to Stamford Link, and Mendy says he today wants to show Cech was directly to place his faith in your pet.
“I had been conscious that Petr Cech had been viewing my matches for a number of years, inch explained Mendy. “It’s always actually pleasing to hear that Cech continues to be watching me and saying that this individual liked my profile and the method I was performing.
“After my season at Rennes, the particular offer came in from Chelsea and it’s really a source of great pride for me to have got joined this club.
“It’s true that Cech performed a particularly important role in the transfer, therefore now it’s up to me to demonstrate that they were right to have delivered me to the club.
‘Unemployment made me who We are’
Mendy setting up himself as Chelsea’s No one caps a remarkable rise for the 28-year-old, who was unemployed and contemplating their future in football just 6 years ago.
Mendy spent a year without a team as a result of disagreement with his former agent plus was forced to claim unemployment assistance while training with his former club’s reserve side just to stay match.
He finally obtained his break when he had been offered a trial by Marseille within 2015, but Mendy says those people tough times have helped to make your pet the player he is today.
He said: “It was really very hard, because on the one hand you had the frustration of finding yourself without a club due to the agent who I was with, yet there’s also the disappointment of being unable to play at the weekends, not being able to perform what I love, not being able to contend.
“I immediately returned to the club I joined while i was young and I was instruction with the reserves there every early morning. I would go to the gym or I might go with my brother to the pitch to rehearse shot-stopping.
“I experienced the unemployment support at that time, therefore i could dedicate myself totally in order to football. But it was incredibly challenging, and also my partner was planning on our first baby. So the joblessness support wasn’t going to be enough for all of us – we needed something else, therefore i did start looking for other function.
“But then I got the opportunity to go to Marseille. I was provided a trial, and when I went down right now there, I gave absolutely everything to find the opportunity to join that club. Thankfully for me, it worked, and when this did, it was like a complete discharge for me.
“A 12 months is a very long time for a footballer, yet fortunately, I could always count on my loved ones. There were times when it was really difficult yet my family could help me through that will, to bounce back and get where We are today.
“I acquired many, many doubts during that period about whether I would carry on. Yet I would look back at these moments and say it’s because of them that I am where We are today and that my family is also capable of benefit from football. ”
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