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Edouard Mendy

Édouard Osoque Mendy (born 1 March 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Chelsea and the Senegal national team.

Starting his career in his native France, Mendy played in the Le Havre academy before signing professional terms with third division Cherbourg in 2011. Mendy was released in 2014, after which he almost quit football, before getting an opportunity with Marseille’s reserves. He established himself as regular in the following seasons at Reims and Rennes.

In September 2020, Mendy signed for Premier League side Chelsea for a fee reported of £22 million. In his first season, he immediately broke into the starting line-up, becoming the first African goalkeeper to play for the club’s senior team, and kept sixteen clean sheets in the Premier League. Mendy also equalled the record for the most clean sheets in a UEFA Champions League season with nine, and kept another clean sheet in the final to help Chelsea win their second title. He was also awarded both the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year and The Best FIFA Goalkeeper of 2021, becoming the first African goalkeeper in football’s history to win both awards.

Eligible to play for Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and France, Mendy initially joined Guinea-Bissau in honour of his father, but subsequently switched allegiance to Senegal, where he became the first choice keeper for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, helping Senegal to a runners-up finish. He helped his nation win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, while also being named the tournament’s best goalkeeper, keeping a clean sheet in the final.

Personal information
Full name Édouard Osoque Mendy[1]
Date of birth 1 March 1992 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Montivilliers, France
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)[3]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 16
Youth career
1999–2005 Le Havre Caucriauville
2005–2006 Le Havre
2006–2011 CS Municipaux Le Havre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Cherbourg 26 (0)
2015–2016 Marseille B 8 (0)
2016–2019 Reims 80 (0)
2017 Reims B 1 (0)
2019–2020 Rennes 25 (0)
2020– Chelsea 65 (0)
National team
2018– Senegal 25 (0)

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