LONDON. — The initial contract offer from Chelsea was declined by Edouard Mendy.
The Senegalese goalkeeper, who is among the Blues team’s lowest paid players, rejected the initial offer because the terms were less favorable than those of his backup Kepa Arrizabalaga, who earns £190 000 a week.
The club wants to lock down the goalkeeper to new terms despite recent errors against Leeds and West Ham, according to the Evening Standard.
Kepa received a contract worth approximately £200,000 per week when he was acquired from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 for £71 million.
Mendy, on the other hand, has one of the lowest salaries at Stamford Bridge since he moved there for $22 million in 2020 from Rennes.
Reece James, a Chelsea native, made a long-term commitment to the team on Monday by agreeing to a lucrative new six-year contract for £250,000 per week and became the highest-paid defender in Chelsea history.
Mason Mount, a fellow youth standout, is also reportedly in contract negotiations with the west London club as new owner Todd Boehly aims to lock down the team’s best players for the foreseeable future.
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The contract Mendy now has, which he signed when he came from Rennes in September 2020, is valid until 2025. Despite recent mistakes of losing his team points, manager Thomas Tuchel defended his No. 1.
He uttered: ” It’s a delicate position in football, and it’s not just about decision-making and pure quality. It also has to do with luck and confidence.
‘’ Therefore, this is what you want of both leaders and goalkeepers, as well as the kind of momentum that allows a minor error to be overlooked without consequence.
‘’ He currently receives a lot of punishment for little to no wrongdoing, but I have no concerns.
‘’The environment is tranquil. We have two outstanding goalkeepers who are both outstanding men. We are aware that (Mendy) is in this type of circumstance, but we first deal with it internally before we inform you.‘’
Tuchel’s side faced Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia in their Champions League group-stage opener last night. — Mailonline