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Chelsea news has been dominated by the recent dismissal of boss Frank Lampard and the club's search for his successor, but one man's opinion on the Blues' young talent speaks volumes for the club's future.
Ukrainian heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk has revealed his admiration for Chelsea starlet Edouard Mendy, claiming he has the potential to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or.
The 34-year-old, who is a season-ticket holder at the club, heaped praise on the 21-year-old goalkeeper, who joined Chelsea from Rennes for a reported fee of £22 million in September.
“He's a great player. He's a great goalkeeper, he's very talented,” Usyk said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“I hope he will be the one who will win the Ballon d'Or in the future. He's got a lot of potential and I hope he will show it to the world.”
The comments come in the wake of Lampard's sacking by the Blues, with the club's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, reportedly keen to move on from the former midfielder's reign.
However, despite the lack of stability at the club, Usyk is confident that Chelsea will continue to develop and nurture their young stars.
“I think the club have a great group of young players who are very talented,” he said.
“I think they will be a great team in the future and I'm sure they will do great things. I'm confident that the club will continue to develop and nurture their young stars.”
The comments from Usyk are a major boost for the club and its young talent, and could be seen as a sign that the long-term future of Chelsea is in good hands. With Usyk's backing, the Blues may yet be on the path to achieving their goal of becoming one of the biggest clubs in Europe.