EDOUARD MENDY turned down a six-year contract offer – because Chelsea don’t show him enough “respect” for wages.
The Senegalese goalkeeper has been back training with his club since last week after reaching the last 16 of the World Cup – but no deal is in sight just yet.
Mendy, 30, earns around £100,000 a week and is aiming to match his blues rival Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is earning almost double that.
Sources claim Chelsea bosses even withdrew their original offer of a long-term deal as they play tough with negotiations – and now there is a stalemate.
And an insider told SunSport: “Edouard is back at Chelsea and ready to play.
“But there is a feeling that the contract situation is just going nowhere.
“Edouard has won some huge trophies for Chelsea – but there’s a feeling the club doesn’t show him enough respect in a new deal.”
The Blues star has two and a half years left on his contract but Italian champions AC Milan are keeping a close eye on the situation – as are French clubs Nice and Monaco.
Mendy was voted FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year 2021 after helping Chelsea win the Champions League in 2020.
He also played a key role in the Blues winning the Club World Cup – the last major trophy they eluded.
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Mendy won the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, representing his native country Qatar and losing to England in the first knockout round.
He is now back at Chelsea HQ in Surrey and hopes to play when they return to the Premier League at home against Bournemouth on December 27.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Christopher Vivell as their new technical director.
Vivell, 36, previously worked at RB Leipzig in his native Germany, where he was responsible for recruiting and scouting all age groups.
Stamford Bridge chairman Todd Boehly says Vivell will support manager Graham Potter in the further overhaul of a squad that currently sits in eighth place – eight points adrift of Champions League places.
American Boehly said: “We are delighted that Christopher is taking on this important leadership role.
“His work in Germany and Austria speaks for itself. We’re confident he’ll continue his impressive journey here at Chelsea.
“He will provide important support to Graham and the ownership group and will play an important role in driving our overall vision for the club.”
Vivell, who succeeds club legend Petr Cech, said: “Chelsea are building the most exciting project in global football. I am proud to join them.
“There’s just so much potential to evolve and grow.”
Vivell previously worked for Leipzig sister club RB Salzburg for five years.
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