“We had a space this year, and Covid makes this a year like no other. He’s very fit, he’s still relatively young, and he finished playing when he possibly could have carried on.
“It’s a total no-brainer to have him in the squad.”
However, former Chelsea star Alan Hudson was extremely critical of the controversial decision.
“Mendy looks the real deal which will give the defenders more confidence – although they shouldn’t have to rely on the ‘keeper,” Hudson told CaughtOffside.