What Kepa Arrizabalaga has said about an Athletic Club return amid talk of Chelsea exit

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future at Chelsea has been a big talking point in recent weeks.

An arrival at Stamford Bridge for a club record £71m fee in the 2018 summer transfer window, the Spaniard was tasked with replacing Thibaut Courtois after his move to Real Madrid.

After a decent first season in west London – including the infamous Carabao Cup final incident – the 25-year-old has struggled this term and there’s reports that Frank Lampard is keen to offload the shot stopper in the summer transfer window.

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Furthermore, our friends at the Mirror are reporting that the head coach faces a battle with the board of directors over this situation.

The writing could very well be on the wall for Kepa after being dropped for the 2-2 draw against Leicester City at the weekend as Lampard might have been sending a message to the decision makers at the club.

“You make decisions every week and every day sometimes in this job,” Lampard told BT Sport when explaining why he left Kepa out at the King Power Stadium. “No decision is easy.

“When it comes to the goalkeeper you probably do give it a little bit more thought and time, especially if someone seems to be a designated number one.

“But that can’t be the end of the story. We have to be competitive. He [Willy Caballero] trains well, he acts well, he played well against Hull last week so I decided to stick with him.”

It remains to be seen what happens with Kepa and there’s rumours that his former team Athletic Club are monitoring his situation and could contact the Blues with a view to a summer deal.

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The report also states that the Spaniard may have to consider a substantial wage cut in order to return to San Mames, but previous comments from the keeper suggests he would be happy to do so.

When speaking with AS earlier in the season, Kepa was asked…