“I am aware of the expectations surrounding Chelsea’s goalkeeper position, but I will not push myself and compare myself to the legends here. I just arrived so my goal is to keep improving and when the coach asks me to make sure that I am there for the team and to help them succeed.
Six years ago, the current Senegalese international, who started his professional career in Cherbourg, was left without a club.
“If someone had told me that I was going to end up at Chelsea, I would not have bothered to watch or listen to them,” he admitted. It was really difficult because on the one hand we were angry about being without a club because of the agent I was with, but also the disappointment of not being able to play on the weekends, of not being able to do what I love. It is very difficult, a year is a long time for a football player. Fortunately, I was always able to count on my family and they helped me to overcome this, recover and get where I am today. When I received the message from my agent at the time, I immediately returned to the club where I trained when I was young and trained with reservists every morning. In the afternoon, I went to the gym or with my brother in the field to train abandonment.