'I'm told that his people': Journalist shares update on £22m Chelsea player's contract situation

Edouard Mendy reportedly turned down an initial contract offer from Chelsea because the valuation was far too low, but a new offer could be put on the table.

Mendy, who’s still under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2025, is a key player within the Blues squad.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper has been the No.1 during the past couple of years, albeit some fans think teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga is pushing him close to be the starting man in-between the sticks. Incidentally, Kepa should be starting on Saturday against Crystal Palace while Mendy recovers from an injury problem.

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Mendy turned down initial Chelsea contract

The Evening Standard recently claimed that Mendy turned down a contract offer because it was below the £190,000-a-week salary that Kepa earns.

Journalist Simon Phillips has given an update that Mendy’s representatives believe Chelsea’s first contract offer to their client was “nowhere near” what they hoped for.

However, a fresh offer could be made with improve terms.

Phillips told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s rejected the first offer from Chelsea. I’m told that his people are saying that it’s nowhere near what they’d accept.

“There’s quite a big gap there between what they want and what Chelsea are offering. I expect Chelsea to go back in with a better offer and improved terms as well.”

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New manager impact

Mendy’s absence this afternoon will mean he’s missed the opening two games of Graham Potter’s reign as Chelsea boss, which immediately does give him with plenty of work to do.

The £22million shot-stopper was the go-to keeper under former manager Thomas Tuchel, but he’s now got to start over to gain the trust of Potter.

If Kepa can shine against Palace, you feel it will be difficult to take him out of the team.

The goalkeeper position is such a specialist role that possession is often nine-tenths of the law.

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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.