30-year-old rejects Boehly's first contract offer to stay at Chelsea

Report: 30-year-old has rejected Todd Boehly’s first offer of a new contract at Chelsea, his future is unclear

Reports have claimed that Edouard Mendy has rejected Todd Boehly’s first proposal to stay at Chelsea.

According to The Telegraph, the Senegal international has been left frustrated that he earns less than half of what counterpart Kepa Arrizabalaga does at the club.

The 30-year-old has been displaced by the Spaniard in the Chelsea side, with Mendy yet to start for new manager Graham Potter.

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That is set to change tonight in the Champions League, although this is only because Kepa has suffered an injury.

The lack of gametime will be a concern for Mendy, as it becomes time to negotiate a new contract for him to hopefully stay at Stamford Bridge.

However, his bargaining power of being the irreplaceable number one has seemingly disappeared. He now faces the challenge of proving himself all over again to the new man in charge.

Mendy rejects contract offer

The Telegraph have claimed that the club’s new owners made it one of their priorities after taking over the club to address his comparatively low wage compared to his teammates.

However, the report goes on to suggest there is still quite the difference between both parties, with Mendy turning down the first offer of a new deal.

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It was believed when Kepa was handed an extended run in the team that it was because of his superior ability on the ball, helping start attacks from the back a lot better.

However, it has become clear that his reactions and ability to deny goals can rival that of Mendy’s, despite him being out in the cold for way over a year.

Mendy may have to consider a move away from West London if he is to continue as a first choice goalkeeper, with Potter seemingly insistent on utilising his rival as his number one.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released