Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy says he is on very good terms with Kepa Arrizabalaga and they push each other during training.
Many believe that the 28-year-old’s arrival marked the end of Arrizabalaga’s Chelsea career, particularly now Frank Lampard has confirmed that Mendy is his number one goalkeeper.
The Spain international still has five years left in his contract at Stamford Bridge, but now he has lost his spot to Mendy, it is understandable that some people would question how he would react in training.
But Mendy insisted that his new teammate has responded professionally to Lampard’s decision, putting the club’s interest as a priority.
“I have a very good relationship with Kepa,” he told the media in his interview on Thursday (via Hayters YouTube channel).
“And I think in the group of goalkeepers we have, we’re all very open and all of us understand but the team is the most important thing here and doing what’s right for the group.
“So our relationships are all very good. We worked well together and we’re pushing each other to improve ourselves and improve each other.
“We know as goalkeepers that we have to stay unified and united and that’s how things are going at the moment.”
With the League Cup now out of the window after the loss against Tottenham Hotspur, it is difficult to see Arrizabalaga return to the starting line-up anytime soon.
A Chelsea exit in the January transfer window could be on the cards, either permanently or temporarily.
However, if the club wanted to recoup at least part of the £71million they paid for his release clause for Athletic Bilbao in 2018, they should expect some difficulties in finding an interested club.