Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed new signing Edouard Mendy will not make his debut for the club against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
The goalkeeper’s £22m move from Rennes to the Blues was sealed on Thursday, with the 28-year-old expected to put pressure on the out-of-form Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No.1 spot.
But speaking ahead of his side’s game against the Baggies on Saturday, Lampard said Mendy may have to be patient to wait for his opportunity.
“To start tomorrow is not going to happen,” Lampard said. “He has had a long week and not really trained. He flew in yesterday and it is too tight of a turnaround to start.”
Kepa could now leave the club in a loan deal, although Lampard said he had not yet discussed the Spaniard’s future.
“I haven’t spoken to him, but I will have a conversation with him and (Willy) Caballero in 24 hours or so,” he added.
Mendy is clearly raring to get going at Stamford Bridge, and admitted he had completed his dream transfer in his first interview with the club’s official website.
“I’ve been a Chelsea supporter since I was little. I adore this club,” he said.
“When I was 12 I had the chance with a past club I played for to go to Brighton, and we watched a match. I thought English football was amazing.
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“We went into a shop and I saw the Chelsea shirt, this was about 2003 when Ranieri was the manager, and I bought this shirt. So I’ve always liked this club.
“I’m waiting to see it live every weekend, but there are a lot of games, a lot of intensity, a lot of goals like this last weekend!
“It’s an attractive league, the stadiums are fantastic and when they are not shut the passion of the fans is incredible.”
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