Petr Cech was behind Chelsea signing new goalkeeper after working with flop Kepa in training as Mendy nears transfer

CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard has revealed Petr Cech was influential in the imminent signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The 28-year-old is set to become the Blues' seventh summer recruit having completed his medical earlier this week.

Senegal international Mendy is expected to join on a five-year deal, where he will challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No1 spot at Stamford Bridge.

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Speaking ahead of Mendy's imminent arrival prior to the Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley, Lampard stated he leans on former team-mate Cech for advice.

He said: "Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position.

"Petr Cech was the best in the world in that position for a long time so he's obviously had a big say in this situation.

"From my point of view, I lean heavily on him when it comes to goalkeeping today and in the future.

"So yes, he was very influential."

Chelsea legend Cech – who is now the club's technical and performance adviser – has admitted that Kepa under-performed for the club last season.

He told Sport.CZ: "Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable.

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"But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful."

And prior to Chelsea's 2-0 defeat against Liverpool, he was seen lending a helping hand to the Spanish shot-stopper in training.

Former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf has hailed the signing of Mendy, as he claimed he is "far better" than the ex-Athletic Bilbao ace.

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