Edouard Mendy has claimed Chelsea 26-year-old is ready to start

Edouard Mendy has shown support for Chelsea teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga by claiming he’s ready to start if needed.

Mendy, 29, has become the first-choice goalkeeper since he joined the Blues last summer from Rennes, and is having an incredible debut season at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa has had to drop down to the understudy position where he’s often overlooked to play.

However, manager Thomas Tuchel recently rewarded him after his performance in the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City with a Premier League appearance against Brighton.

Mendy has praised Blues shot-stopper Kepa by claiming he’s good enough to start.

“There is a very high level in the group. Kepa has played some matches recently and they went well. I was happy for him, and the team. It says he is ready, too. I am happy for the team above everyone,” Mendy told the club’s official website.

“My relationship with Kepa is good, like my relationship with Willy. We work together, we play for the same team, the same shirt. We need to stay together, and we push each other in the training ground.”

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With Chelsea’s season now reaching the decisive period, Mendy can be expected to start in the remaining Premier League games, as well as in the Champions League second leg semi-final with Real Madrid.

However, it’ll be interesting to see if he plays in the FA Cup final against Leicester City in May.

Tuchel has stayed loyal to Kepa during the run to the domestic cup final, and the Spaniard has not let him down on the pitch in that time.

But the reason Kepa was replaced in the first place was because of a string of high-profile errors, so it will boil down to if the manager feels he can trust him for a game where silverware is on the line.

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