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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