£22m man's in real danger of never playing for Chelsea again after the World Cup now - TCC View

If Edouard Mendy continues going down this recent path, you worry if he’ll ever play for Chelsea again in the future.

Yes, this is an extreme take. Hear us out, though.

Mendy’s rapid decline in form lately, married with the revival of club teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga, means questions need to be asked.

The £22million goalkeeper is battling for the number one position at Chelsea, with Graham Potter appearing to favour Kepa during his first couple of months in charge.

The final nail in the coffin could be how he fares in the World Cup, with his tournament getting off to the worst possible start this week.

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Vital World Cup

If Mendy wants to remind everyone, and most importantly Potter of his quality, he couldn’t be on a better platform than the World Cup stage.

The 30-year-old is the first-choice keeper for Senegal, who he helped to win the Africa Cup of Nations at the start of the calendar year.

Unfortunately, it didn’t start well during Senegal’s 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Monday.

Chelsea’s shot-stopper misjudged a cross for the Dutch opener, as well as parry a shot straight into the danger zone for the second conceded goal.

He’s in danger himself of doing some real damage to his reputation in an international tournament where the eyes of the footballing world are on you.

Let’s hope he refocuses and gets back on track in the next week. Senegal face host Qatar on Friday. Afterwards, they wrap up their group against Ecuador.

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Edouard Mendy future at Chelsea

If Mendy flops in the remainder of the tournament, most people would predict he’ll be out of the Chelsea XI when club football returns post-World Cup.

The discussion around whether he may play for the Blues again can be driven by transfer speculation.

According to The Telegraph, Mendy has rejected Todd Boehly’s first offer of a contract extension because he’s not happy with the wage package. As it stands, the African keeper is still under contract with the club until 2025.

In addition, the Daily Mail claims that Mendy is actually weighing up leaving Chelsea due to a fear of not playing. The report includes the line that Kepa may be the starting keeper when the team returns to action, that’s if he’s fully fit again.

90min even say the Blues have even offered Mendy to rivals Tottenham.

With the January window rolling round almost immediately after the World Cup, it’s going to be very interesting to see what kind of position and mindset he’s actually in.

There’s proof that he can be a fantastic goalkeeper with amazing reflexes, with his form instrumental in winning the Champions League. However, it’s been very noticeable how much has come down since the start of the season.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.