“I am very proud and honored to be part of the 10 nominees for the Yashin Trophy. We won a lot of titles this year, it makes this season special,” wrote Mendy on social media after his nomination.
“It is for me an additional motivation to do even more and keep on working hard to maintain such a high level of performance with Chelsea and my national Senegalese team.
“Thank you everyone for your messages and support.”
But despite the 19 clean sheets in 34 games in 2021 in the Premier League and Champions League combined, as well as lifting the Champions League trophy, Mendy wasn’t included on the 30-man list that included five Chelsea players – Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount.
His Senegal teammate Koulibaly was disappointed not to see the Blues goalkeeper on the list, which Gianluigi Donnarumma of PSG made, after his achievements since joining Chelsea.