Edouard Mendy was given an hero reception from his Senegalese team-mates as he return to training camp for the first time since Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Manchester City.
Mendy, who joined the west London club from Ligue 1 side Rennes last summer, became the first-ever Senegalese goalkeeper and just the second African shot-stopper to win the Champions League or European Cup.
The 29-year-old delivered impressive performances by recorded a ninth clean sheet, with his last was against City in final as Blues secured a 1-0 victory, marking the most shut-outs by a goalkeeper in a single campaign.
In fact, Mendy only conceded three goals in 12 appearances in the Uefa Champions League – and two of those efforts actually made the shortlist for Goal of the Tournament.
After being given a few days off following the win in Portugal, Mendy flew to Senegal on Thursday ahead of his nation’s summer friendlies against Cape Verde and Zambia.
When he arrived at the team hotel he was given a very loud and rapturous welcome by the rest of the squad, who hugged and danced with the towering shot-stopper and joined him in chanting “Campeonrs”.
Liverpool star Sadio Mane seen happiest of all to see Mandy and even asked for a selfie with the Blues goalkeeper, who was draped in a Senegal flag.
Speaking about the reception he received, Mendy told the Senegalese Football Federation’s website afterwards: “I feel great joy and was very proud of the welcome they gave me, along with all the hotel staff and the people who work here.
“So I really want to thank them, it really touched me. I had imagined my return home after the victory and I did not expect that at all.”
Meanwhile, back in ninth years ago, Chelsea confirmed the signed of Eden Hazard, who establish himself as one of best attacker in world of football.
The Belgian skipper has enjoying a hugely successful spell at Stamford Bridge, in which made 352 appearances, netted 110 goals and furthermore with 81 assists after joining from Ligue 1 side Lille in 2012.
On this day 9 years ago, Chelsea signed Eden Hazard.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) June 4, 2021
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Hazard several individual honours while also won two Premier League titles, two Europa League titles, one FA Cup and a League Cup in his seven years at Stamford Bridge and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the club’s history.
Finally Chelsea have confirmed the contract extension of Thomas Tuchel, who appointed as Blues boss following the departure of Frank Lampard.
The German coach took the role in January and oversaw a rise up the Premier League table to a fourth-place finish, ensuring the place in the Champions League for 2021/22 even before being crowned its winners this season.
Tuchel also reached the FA Cup final but a single Leicester City goal defeated them, before was captured two weeks later when Premier League champions Manchester City were beaten by an impressive all-round team display in Porto.
On the extension of his contract, Tuchel said: ‘I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family.
‘There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation.’