EDOUARD MENDY says his Ballon d’Or snub will drive him on to win more trophies for Chelsea.
The Senegal keeper, 29, starred as the Blues secured Champions League glory in May.
Mendy, a £22million signing from Rennes last year, also helped Thomas Tuchel‘s side to the FA Cup final.
Already boasting 20 clean sheets for the West Londoners, he has widely been hailed as the world’s best current No.1.
Despite his fine form, he was still left off the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award.
Interviewed on the Canal Plus show Talents d’Afrique, the stopper maintained that being ignored will spur him on to new heights.
France-born Mendy said “I wouldn’t use the word injustice to describe being left off the list.
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“It is something that motivates me to continue working hard.
“To keep on making progress, and to perform well for Chelsea and for my national team.
“I discovered who was on the shortlist at the same time as many other people.
“I got lots of messages from my family and friends as well as from people I didn’t even know.
“I was really touched by all this affection. It will inspire me to keep up my good work.
“I am going to try to win trophies with Chelsea, as well as with Senegal from next January onwards.
“It has been pure pleasure, and a great source of motivation.
“Journalists have a free vote as to who is on the shortlist.
“It is their freedom of expression, and they vote with their souls and consciences.”
Mendy is back in Champions League action tomorrow as Chelsea host Swedish club Malmo at Stamford Bridge.
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