Senegalese shared his football journey and revealed how he hated standing in the middle of a goal post early in his career.
Senegal international and Chelsea star Edward Mandy has revealed that he never wanted to be a goalkeeper.
Before joining the Premier League giants, the 29-year-old was relatively unknown as he worked for the League 1 side, Rennes.
However, it came to light after joining the Blues in a 22 22 million (31 31 million) deal as Thomas Tachel’s men tried to find more strength between the sticks as costly mistakes were made in the game of Capa Arizabalaga. Had penetrated.
Since then, he has been one of the signatories to the deal, making significant savings for Londoners, who finished fourth in the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.
In chat with UEFA website Ahead of Wednesday’s Super League cracker against Valerie in Belfast, the African openly stated that he hated playing as a keeper.
“I didn’t always want to be a goalkeeper, but I didn’t have much future on the pitch,” he said.
“I was told to go to the goal, and then everything happened naturally. I have experienced all the divisions in France, from sixth grade to League 1.
“Meanwhile, there was a time when I was unemployed for a year at the age of 22.
“It’s hard to be a professional footballer after never being a professional, but I worked during that year, I worked twice as hard as others.
“I was lucky and he thanked me. I had the opportunity to sign for the Olympique de Marseille. And I just got over there.”
Mandy played a key role in Chelsea’s Champions League success – appearing in 12 games and conceding nine goals – a feat that saw him equal to the tournament’s clean sheet record.
Only Santiago Canزrez (Valencia 2000-01) and Keller Nawas (Real Madrid in 2015-16) have ever reached that number in the same campaign, meaning the African star is a member of a special club.
In addition, he is the first African keeper to play in a final since Bruce Grubilar in 1985.
The former Zimbabwe international was also on target for Liverpool a year ago when Liverpool famously beat AS Roma to win the European Cup in 1984.