Wesley Fofana risks the rage of Chelsea bosses by prematurely announcing transfer

Wesley Fofana risks the rage of Chelsea bosses by prematurely announcing transfer

It seems that Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana has hinted at Edouard Mendy’s departure, even before the club has officially announced it. 

Mendy, the goalkeeper, is reportedly heading to the Saudi Pro League, as Al Ahli is expected to confirm a transfer deal for the Senegalese player. 

If the move goes through, Mendy would be the third Chelsea player to join Saudi Arabia this transfer window, following N’Golo Kante and Kalidou Koulibaly.

As the £16m transfer deal nears completion, Chelsea is actively working to reduce the size of their squad for the upcoming season. However, by revealing the news before the club made an official announcement, Fofana could potentially anger the club’s higher-ranking officials.

“My big brother, I will miss you. All the best to you and your family,” Fofana wrote – in French – on an Instagram Stories post dedicated to Mendy.

Fofana also had a message for Mateo Kovacic, who finalized a permanent transfer to Manchester City on Tuesday. “All the best Zizou” the message read, in an apparent comparison between Kovacic and the Croatian’s former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

“It’s been an incredible pleasure to play for such a great club and win some of the biggest trophies in the sport,” Kovacic had earlier wrote in an Instagram post shared by his ex-colleague Fofana. “Chelsea is a club I have loved every second of being at but the time has come for me to move on.”

Last season, Chelsea spent £500m on new signings, resulting in an oversized squad. As a result, the team finished 12th in the league, leading owner Todd Boehly to dismiss two managers. The newly appointed manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is set to take charge on July 1, and efforts have been made to trim the squad before his arrival.

Players like Kante, Kovacic, and Koulibaly have already departed, with Mendy and potentially other first-team players set to follow suit. The club has made Christopher Nkunku their first senior signing of the summer, confirming his move from RB Leipzig in June.

Koulibaly’s departure occurred after just one year in England, as the former Napoli star joined Al Hilal. While he praised the “fantastic” Premier League, he took a parting shot at his former club.

“They expected the Koulibaly from Napoli, but I don’t think my season has been that bad,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “I needed time: in one year, I couldn’t demonstrate what I would have wanted due to the choices of the manager and the club.

“I had no guarantees of always playing: I’ve always been serious and professional, but I don’t like being on the bench doing nothing. I prefer a place where they want me, where I’m at the centre of a project and I can be an example to young people.”

Wesley Fofana risks the rage of Chelsea bosses by prematurely announcing transfer

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