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Edouard Mendy: I knew Chelsea watched me at Reims - before Rennes move

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is delighted with his move from Rennes.

The Ivory Coast international has revealed he knew Chelsea were watching when we was establishing himself at Reims.

He recalled to the Guardian: "When I heard about Chelsea's interest, it was actually when I was in Reims, before joining Rennes. It was of course pretty amazing to hear that, especially in my case, three years before I was without a club.

"When you hear about something like that, you have to leave it to one side because it can be distracting. But it worked for the best, I played my season in France and it went really well and when the offer was officially made I did everything I could to join Chelsea because it's a club that I have loved for years.

"It's a real source of pride for me. I wouldn't say it's the end and the ultimate goal, but it's true that it's a real step in the right direction for me as a player. I am someone with a lot of ambitions and a lot of goals, but I prefer to keep them to myself. These are the things that motivate me to do my best every day.

"I'm someone who likes to take things step by step, I don't like to jump in front of myself, I like to take things to the next level before I continue. I work every day to do the best for my team, so I have a lot of ambitions like anyone when they join a team as big as Chelsea."

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