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Mendy and Chelsea remain at contract stand-off

Edouard Mendy wants playing assurances at Chelsea before signing a new contract.

The Senegal goalkeeper has overcome a costly error against the Netherlands to help his country reach the knockout stage with good displays against Qatar and Ecuador.

Mendy lost his place in the Chelsea team in the build-up to the World Cup before an injury to Kepa Arrizabalaga saw him recalled for the final four games before the mid-season break.

But new manager Graham Potter is refusing to confirm which of his goalkeepers is his No1, and Mendy is also in a contract stand-off with Chelsea, says the London Evening Standard.

The 30-year-old first sat down for contract talks with the new Chelsea owners over the summer. Then still first-choice at Stamford Bridge and having been named the best goalkeeper of 2021 by FIFA, he asked for a salary that reflected his status.

But Mendy was offered significantly less than the huge £190,000-a-week deal that Kepa is on and then walked away from negotiations.

Chelsea have not improved their offer, and several high-profile errors made by Mendy at the beginning of the season have discouraged them from renegotiating. There is little sign of contract talks restarting and Chelsea are looking for alternatives.

Mendy would happily stay at Stamford Bridge, but wants to feel important.

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