Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy says his incredible story makes sure he doesn't take anything for granted.
At 22, Mendy was released by French third-tier side Cherbourg and contemplated walking away from the game.
"When this story is discussed, then I realise the path I have been on in my career," Mendy told the club's website.
"It's true that it's incredible. People say hard work pays off, and it does. I have worked very hard; I haven't taken anything for granted.