Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly have spoken of their shock and disappointment that Senegal team-mate Edouard Mendy didn’t obtain a Ballon d’Or nomination this yr.
Mendy’s arrival at Chelsea helped make them the most effective defensive groups in Europe, culminating of their Champions League triumph in May.
Goalkeeper membership mates Cesar Azpilicueta, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are all on the closing 30-man checklist for the Ballon d’Or.
Mendy’s efficiency was sufficient to present him a spot on the 10-man checklist for the Yashin Trophy, however Gianluigi Donnarumma is the one goalkeeper to obtain a nomination for the primary prize.
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Asked if Mendy was being ignored, Mane couldn’t cover his confusion and thought of the resolution “unacceptable”.
“It is unacceptable. I do not understand “, he mentioned, quoted by the Evening Standard.
Napoli defender Koulibaly was equally crucial of the resolution, saying gamers like himself and Mendy should work tougher to acknowledge their achievements.
“It is a pity that Edou is not one of them. He is the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League, says Koulibaly.
“We should proceed to work and transfer ahead. We need to do it twice [the work] of some individuals to be judged. Edou is a really constructive individual. We talked about it collectively. He will proceed to struggle to be an element of it. For me, he has a spot amongst these 30 gamers. ”
But Mendy talked about his pleasure of solely getting a nomination for the Yashin Trophy, and that he respects the choices made by voters to miss him for the Ballon d’Or.
“Honestly, I’m already very proud to represent my country and be among the top ten goalkeepers in the world,” mentioned Mendy himself. “In just one year [at Chelsea], that’s a very good thing. I’m not happy about that, I have many ambitions but it’s already a good step.
“There will at all times be debates, whether or not it is about me or anybody else. It is dependent upon the liberty of the vote. [Ballon d’Or] journalists and they need to be revered. ”