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Mendy talks journey from French third-tier to Chelsea: I've worked very hard. I'm ready!

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.

Now six years later, the Senegal international has completed a big money move from Rennes to Chelsea.

"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.

"I was at Marseille, and then Reims, and then Rennes, and now Chelsea. It's been a constant progression, and now I am ready to continue on that upward path."

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