Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel solidified Edouard Mendy’s position as the first-choice keeper but said that record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga must be ready to step in when the situation demands it.

Kepa was signed from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record 71 million pounds ($99.39 million) in 2018 but the Spain international lost his place in the Chelsea side under previous manager Frank Lampard after a string of high-profile errors.

The Londoners signed Mendy from Stade Rennes last year after losing confidence in Kepa and Tuchel said the Senegal international had impressively staked his claim to be the first choice ahead of the Spaniard and Argentine Willy Caballero.

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“Edouard is the number one and deserves to be the number one. You cannot hide your opinion, things have to be clear and you cannot be afraid of it,”…

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