Edouard Mendy says he is excited to challenge potential future Chelsea teammate Memphis Depay at the World Cup.

Speaking to wetbasis, Mendy named the Barcelona forward as one of the players he is most looking forward to facing in Qatar.

The Stamford Bridge shot stopper and Depay are set to lock horns on Monday in their Group A opener.

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Mendy versus Memphis

Senegal against Holland should be an extremely intriguing battle and one for the true football enthusiasts to possibly drool over.

Both sides are draped in household names from across the continent, sprinkled with some surprise packages.

For Mendy, the prospect of taking on the stars from the Netherlands is an enthralling one.  

“Even in the group stage we are dealing with the Netherlands, among others, who have world-class players such as Frenkie De Jong, Virgil van Dijk and Memphis Depay,” said Chelsea’s goalkeeper when asked which opponents he was particularly eager to contest.

“If we do go through to the knockout stage, I’d look forward to playing the very best in the world, whether it’s Neymar with Brazil, Lionel Messi with Argentina or the England national team, where some of my club-mates play.”

Depay eyes Chelsea

Mendy may not want to save all of Depay’s shots – fat chance – just in case it puts him off a move to South West London.

Apparently the Barca attacker wants out of the Nou Camp when his contract expires in June.

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His desired destination is reportedly Chelsea, having possibly got a taste for the Premier League after a miserable stint at Manchester United.

It hasn’t quite worked out for the 28-year-old since swapping Lyon for Spain in 2021.

Injuries have hampered his minutes in a Barca shirt, managing just three appearances this season.

Perhaps a change of scenery will spark a Depay revival.

But is Chelsea the right place for the Dutch international right now?

Not all is well at the moment at Cobham, so until things improvement, taking a risk on an injury-prone player probably isn’t’ wise.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.