·30 September 2022
·30 September 2022
Chelsea star Edouard Mendy is expected to be offered ‘improved terms’ after the club’s initial proposal of a new Stamford Bridge contract came ‘nowhere near’ to meeting his demands, according to journalist Simon Phillips.
The Blues spent more than £250million during the summer transfer window and have now turned their attentions towards tying their first choice goalkeeper down to a long-term deal.
The report suggests the 24-cap Senegal international was unhappy after being offered inferior terms to back-up goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who rakes in £190,000-per-week.
The 30-year-old is making progress in his return from injury and could feature against Crystal Palace after he was pictured being put through his paces by new head coach Graham Potter earlier this week.
Mendy missed the Champions League group stage clashes against Dinamo Zagreb and Red Bull Salzburg with a recurring knee issue.
Phillips understands that Mendy rejected Chelsea’s opening offer a new contract and his representatives were not impressed with the proposal.
The journalist believes the capital club will return to the negotiating table and commit to offering a higher salary.
Phillips told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s rejected the first offer from Chelsea. I’m told that his people are saying that it’s nowhere near what they’d accept.
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Chelsea forked out £22million in order to sign Mendy from French outfit Rennes two years ago and he has gone on to make the goalkeeping position his own.
Although Mendy has been guilty of some errors, including gifting Brenden Aaronson a goal during a 3-0 defeat to Leeds United in August, his shot-stopping has also been described as ‘excellent’ by former Blues striker Chris Sutton.
Considering the Senegalese has usurped Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s first choice option between the sticks, Potter – who was appointed as the new head coach earlier this month – should make tying Mendy down to a long-term contract a priority.
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