Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea chiefs to replace struggling goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga when the summer transfer window comes around.
Arrizabalaga, 25, has seen his form deteriorate at Stamford Bridge this season, conceding 32 goals already in the Premier League.
The Spaniard was dropped by Lampard in Saturday’s 2-2 draw away at Leicester, with veteran Willy Caballero instead getting the nod in between the sticks.
And according to Spanish outlet Cope , the Blues boss is planning to axe Arrizabalaga when the transfer window reopens.
It is believed Lampard has asked club officials to replace the shot-stopper this summer, just 18 months after they spent a club-record £72m on him.
Arrizabalaga will be desperate to work his way back into Lampard’s plans ahead of Euro 2020, amid his fierce battle with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea for Spain’s starting spot.
Lampard dropped Arrizabalaga (right) in the Blues’ 2-2 draw away at Leicester
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Caballero didn’t exactly cover himself in glory after replacing him at Leicester, failing to keep out Harvey Barnes’ deflected equaliser before racing off his line and retreating in the lead-up to Ben Chilwell’s strike.
When asked if the 38-year-old would keep his place, Lampard said: ‘I’m not going to talk about that now.
Willy Caballero got the nod instead
“But I thought his overall performance was pretty good. He made some good saves, was comfortable with his feet.
“I was right behind the Harvey Barnes goal, it was typical. The deflection and instantly it was in so there wasn’t much he could do with either goal.”
Antonio Rudiger fired Chelsea in front at the King Power, heading the ball home one minute into the second half.
Antonio Rudiger’s brace earned Lampard’s side a point at the King Power
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