Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa ‘convinced’ he will play for Blues against Man Utd

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly confident that he will be recalled by Frank Lampard for the Blues’ Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Kepa had been dropped for the recent 2-2 draw with Leicester, replaced by Willy Caballero.

That is despite the Spaniard being the world’s most expensive goalkeeper with Chelsea paying Athletic Bilbao £71.6m for his services in 2018.

He was dropped following a number of poor performances with the Stamford Bridge outfit having conceded 34 goals in the Premier League this season.

Only Everton have conceded more in the top ten, however Chelsea sit in fourth place after 25 matches.

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And, with Caballero having failed to impress against the Foxes, The Sun claim that Kepa is “convinced” he will return for Monday night’s clash with Manchester United.

It’s reported that the goalkeeper sees being dropped as a wake-up call with Kepa having been stunned to have been axed.

Lampard had explained his reason for dropping Kepa ahead of Chelsea’s winter break.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped against Leicester
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“It’s a decision that I make and I think with goalkeepers it’s a decision you don’t take lightly because of what it means,” said the former midfielder.

“They are very close and they work hard together each day but it’s one that I felt to make for this game.

“I trust in Willy he trains brilliantly, he’s a great professional. I trust them both but it’s the decision for today.”

“I am not affected by criticism from the outside as much. I am aware of it, not affected by it.

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“It is what I want for the team and I think with Kepa he knows, he’ll be honest that there have been some mistakes that have cost us goals.

“It is the nature of it, so that needs to improve.”

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