Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy has turned down a six-year contract offer from Chelsea because the club does not show him enough ‘respect’ in terms of wages.
The Senegalese goalkeeper has been back in training with his club since last week after reaching the World Cup’s last 16, but no agreement has been reached.
Mendy, 30, earns around £100,000 per week and wants to be paid the same as Blues rival Kepa Arrizabalaga, who earns nearly twice as much.
According to sources, Chelsea executives have even withdrawn their initial offer of a long-term contract as they play hardball with the negotiations, and there is now a standoff.
“Edouard is back at Chelsea and ready to play,” according to source.
However, there is a sense that the contract situation is going nowhere.
“Edouard has won some significant trophies for Chelsea, but there is a sense that the club is not treating him with enough respect in terms of a new contract.”
The Blues star has two and a half years left on his contract, but Italian champions AC Milan, as well as French clubs Nice and Monaco, are keeping a close eye on the situation.
After helping Chelsea win the Champions League in 2020, Mendy was named Fifa’s best goalkeeper of 2021.
He was also instrumental in the Blues winning the Club World Cup, their final major trophy.
Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy has won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2021 with Senegal and represented his country in Qatar, losing to England in the first round.
Mendy has returned to Chelsea’s Surrey headquarters and hopes to play when they return to Premier League action on December 27 at home against Bournemouth.
Source: The SunSport