"We prepare collectively and help one another" – Kepa is near Mendy regardless of the Chelsea rivalry


The Spain international has opened his relationship with his goalkeeper colleague with whom he plays at Stamford Bridge

Kepa Arrizabalaga has announced that he is closely linked to Senegalese international Edouard Mendy despite the Chelsea rivalry between the two.

Mendy, 29, was signed to Ligue 1 team Rennes for £ 22m ($ 31m) as the six-time English Premier League kings looked for more stability between the sticks as costly mistakes built into the The Spaniard's game.

The Senegal star has since proven to be one of the bargain newbies, helping the Blues win the Champions League and the Uefa Super Cup.

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The Spanish international was brought into Thomas Tuchel's team in Sunday's 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur after the African was unable to get rid of an injury against Zenit St. Petersburg.

When asked how he's getting on with Mendy, Arrizabalaga said in his latest Chelsea interview: “Edou and I have a very good relationship.

“We train together every day and support each other, whoever is playing.

“You saw the relationship we have in the Supercup, he was one of the first players to congratulate me after the penalty shoot-out and of course we celebrated together.

"Hopefully he can get back to training soon after his injury."

He also described his return to the action as "perfect", with a clean sheet and three points to show for his efforts against Nuno Espirito Santo's men.

“I was really excited to help the team,” he continued.

“It's been a while since I've played in the Premier League so I was excited about the opportunity to help the team.

“To get into the team in a big game like this, a London derby, and get three points without conceding, that's really perfect!

"It was a London derby so we knew it was a big game against a very good team. The win was fantastic and we are all so happy."

Meanwhile, manager Tuchel provided an update on the injury that kept Mendy away from Chelsea's derby win at Tottenham.

"We tried all week and on Saturday in training it was so-so," he told the media.

"That comes from the last-minute kick against Zenit in the Champions League.

"It's very painful and he didn't feel 100 percent comfortable when he stretched a full distance or landed on it. He didn't feel comfortable fighting on set pieces or in corners.

"So we decided for 100 percent and that was to have Kepa and Edou with us to support us and to have good energy."


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