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Cech reveals how long he scouted Mendy as Chelsea are handed boost in Alaba pursuit

Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Tuesday, November 3.

Cech reveals how long he spent monitoring Mendy

Petr Cech has revealed he spent three years watching Edouard Mendy before Chelsea signed the goalkeeper from Rennes this summer.

The Frenchman was brought in as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, whose inconsistent performances often proved costly for the Blues last season.

Mendy has started well, keeping a clean sheet in each of his last five appearances. And Cech, now the club’s Technical and Performance Advisor, is not surprised.

“We had to make sure it was someone everyone agreed on, not just me,” Cech told Telefoot. “It had to be the club, and especially the manager, who had to be comfortable with the choice.

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“We had a list of goalkeepers. We presented it all to Frank Lampard. We talked with the scouts. We shared information. We gave the pros and cons of each goalkeeper.

“In the end, my knowledge of Edouard for the past three years helped. I think he’s a goalkeeper who can still improve, with his work, professionalism, and desire to be better every day.

“I’m convinced he’ll improve more, and these aren’t the best performances you’ll see from Edouard Mendy.”

Chelsea target Alaba open to move

David Alaba is open to leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season after a contract offer from the Bundesliga champions was withdrawn.

The 28-year-old’s deal is set to expire next summer and he has been the subject of interest from Chelsea and Liverpool.

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But according to Bild, Alaba has his sights set on a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have all expressed an interest in signing the Austria international.

Chelsea were linked with Alaba in the summer as Lampard looked to bolster his…

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