Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed that he has a very good relationship with Senegal international Edouard Mendy despite their rivalry at Chelsea.
Mendy, 29, was signed from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes and had since taken the number one spot from Kepa.
However, Kepa was brought into Thomas Tuchel’s side in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur after Mendy was unable to shake off an injury suffered against Zenit St Petersburg.
Asked how he gets along Mendy, Arrizabalaga said in his latest Chelsea interview: “We are training together every day and support each other whoever is playing.
“You could see in the Super Cup the relationship we have, he was one of the first players to congratulate me after the penalty shoot-out and of course we celebrated together.
“Hopefully he can return to training soon from his injury.”
Kepa also tagged his return to action as ‘perfect’, with a clean sheet and three points to show for his efforts against Tottenham.
“I was really happy to help the team,” he continued.
“It’s been quite a while since I played in the Premier League, so I was happy for the opportunity to help the team.
“To come into the side in such a big game like this, a London derby, and to keep a clean sheet and get the three points, it’s perfect really!
“It was a London derby, so we knew it was a big game against a very good team, so to get the win was fantastic and we are all so happy.”