Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer said he would trust Petr Cech’s judgement over potential Edouard Mendy’s signing.
Rennes president Nicolas Holveck confirmed they were in negotiations with Chelsea over Mendy last week and, although they are yet to reach an agreement, the 28-year-old is reportedly close to becoming Frank Lampard’s seventh summer signing (Daily Mail).
Schwarzer, who spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge as a backup to Cech, suggested that his former teammate’s assessment would be dependable.
He told Goal: “Apparently Petr Cech has had a big say in him coming to the club if that transfer happens and you’ve got to trust his judgement.”
Cech, who now works as the club’s technical and performance advisor, played for Rennes before and is reportedly a big fan of Mendy.
The former Australia international also had his say about Kepa Arrizabalaga who could lose his position at Chelsea if Mendy arrived.
“It’s obvious that there are questions marks over Kepa, I think his save ratio last season was the worst in the Premier League.
“I just don’t feel he’s progressed as far as they hoped he had hence why they believe they need to bring in another keeper to really push him.”
Schwarzer, however, thinks giving Mendy the No.1 spot right away could pose more harm than good.
“I’d be surprised if they brought in Mendy and didn’t wait too long before putting him in as number one.
“It could be very damaging [to Kepa] and he may feel he has little chance to retain it.”