Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who has come under fire, has rejected the offer for a new contract.
The 30-year-old joined Stamford Bridge two years ago and quickly established himself as the club’s No1 after being recommended by club legend Petr Cech.
Mendy played a key role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph under Thomas Tuchel and was part of the Senegalese side who clinched their maiden Africa Cup of Nations victory earlier this year.
However, the former Nice star’s form has deteriorated earlier this season but the Blues remain keen on tying Mendy to a new long-term deal.
However, according to The Evening Standard, Mendy has turned down an opening offer said to be below the £190,000-a-week salary earned by current No.2 and former record-breaking signing Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Regarding Mendy’s form, Thomas Tuchel said ahead of today’s Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb: “I think it’s a very sensitive position in football in general – and it’s not everything that’s just pure quality and just about decisions goes.
“It’s also about the feeling and feeling that you feel the confidence and sometimes a little bit of luck too.
“Someone sent me an interesting quote about Napoleon asking his generals not only should they be of the best quality, but he also needed them to be happy generals.
“So that’s what you need from leaders and goalkeepers too, and that they have the momentum that a small mistake doesn’t get punished.
“Now he’s being punished a lot for not doing a lot wrong, but I have no doubts.
“The location is quiet. We have two fantastic goalkeepers, two fantastic guys. We are aware of this [Mendy] is in such a situation, but first let’s take care of ourselves and then we’ll tell you.’
And while Tuchel preaches calm, former Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand fears Mendy’s recent performances should be cause for concern.
Speaking on Vibe with Five, Ferdinand said: “I think the biggest thing for Chelsea from this game is that Edouard Mendy is way too involved in situations like this.
‘Against Leeds he was to blame for the first goal. Also this one. There were other instances where he made mistakes and wasn’t punished.
“They need to iron that out quickly because he was brilliant last season, he was phenomenal.
“He has to eradicate these mistakes from his game. As a goalkeeper, you don’t want to make the headlines. The less you talk about them, the better off they are. He’s also in the news at the moment.’
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