Frank Lampard has decided who will start in goal for Chelsea against Manchester United on Monday evening.
However, the manager will not divulge whether Kepa Arrizabalaga returns for the crucial Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge or if Willy Caballero retains his place.
The veteran Argentina stopper made his first Premier League start in a year in the 2-2 draw away to Leicester City 13 days ago, but went walkabout in the run up to the Foxes’ second goal.
Kepa had been dropped after a series of questionable performances but Lampard said that he has trained well since the team reconvened following their winter break on Monday.
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And Lampard added that neither the Spain goalkeeper’s record transfer fee nor his age are part of his considerations about who will line up against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
“The reaction has been as good as I would expect,” Lampard said of how Kepa has trained this week. “I haven’t had lots of conversations with him. It’s a decision I will have to make.
“It doesn’t matter when you came to the club, I don’t take into account the fee. It’s the training that counts.
“It wasn’t about giving him a jolt. It was just a selection on that day. I want everyone’s reaction spot on.
“I know how it will feel for him. I had it in my career, it is part and parcel. I am pleased with the reaction.
“I deal with the players as it feels right. I am open and straight with them.”
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Yet pushed on when he will decide who starts, Lampard added: “I have decided and you’ll find out.”
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