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Mendy warns Chelsea against Manchester City’s Mahrez in Champions League final

The Senegalese international praised the winger and urged the Blues to be wary of him when they fight against the Citizens

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy believes Riyad Mahrez will be one of Manchester City’s biggest threats in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Mahrez has been one of Africa’s most prominent players and most influential player during his time at Leicester City, helping them win the Premier League in 2016 before joining the Citizens in the summer of 2018.

Mendy joined the Premier League last summer from Rennes, teaming up with the Blues, and quickly established him with the squad.

The Senegalese international has played 43 matches in all competitions since arriving at Stamford Bridge, including 11 in the Champions League.

Ahead of his team’s meeting with the Citizens, Mendy praised Mahrez, describing him as one of the best African players.

“I don’t think Riyadh needs to be introduced, he is one of the best African players and he has been playing at a very high level for several years,” Mendy said. BBC Sport.

“He’s also had a complicated journey and he really hasn’t given up and he deserves everything that comes with him.

“He will be one of his team’s biggest threats, one of Manchester City’s assets.”

Mendy picked up an injury against Aston Villa but is now fit to make the Champions League final and has revealed his side will do whatever it takes to win the title.

“This team [Manchester City] deserved the title of champion this year, they have been very good and very consistent throughout the year, “he continued.

“They deserve their title and there is no discussion about it, but now we play a final and it’s different. We will play at least 90 minutes. And we will do everything to get that title.”

The goalkeeper had been out of work for about a year and remembered the support of his family during this difficult time.

“When I found myself unemployed, it was very difficult,” he added.

“It went on for about a year and there were a lot of times of doubt and a lot of times where you feel like quitting, but with the support of the family and then the confidence in yourself you manage to push your limits.

“I really took this event in the best way possible to be able to overcome it. A year without a club is a very long time. To train but not to be able to play on the weekends. It was something very difficult. I couldn’t even watch a soccer game anymore because it was so hard for me.

“And providing for yourself and your family is very complicated. Fortunately, there was my sister who lives in London, my big brother, my two little brothers, my companion of course, and without forgetting my parents.

“They have been a great support to me. My family has always supported me, they were more than important, because I think without them I would have decided to quit.”

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