Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has responded to transfer rumours surrounding the future of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 25-year-old made the move to Stamford Bridge for a world-record fee of £71.6million in 2018 after the Blues paid his release clause from Athletic Bilbao.
However, he has struggled in both seasons so far in West London, and following his recent tough times Lampard has made the decision to drop the keeper in favour of back-up option Willy Caballero.
The 38-year-old was selected in the last match ahead of the winter break against Leicester City, and despite making an error in the build up to a goal for Brendan Rodgers’ side, he has kept his place for the subsequent three matches following the club’s return to action.
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Lampard was asked about his relationship with Kepa, and whether the young star would be leaving the club in the summer.
“My relationship is fine,” Lampard told reporters. “Between player and manager I have around 20 players or so to keep happy, I can’t keep them all happy at the same time.
“All I expect is their professionalism in training, which Kepa has given. Every position is the same. You train well to try to get into the team if you are not in it. If you are in it then you perform to good levels to keep yourself in the team. Those are the standards we expect at this club. That’s what I demand.
“Every player is in charge of their own destiny to a degree in terms of that. Kepa is training well, but Willy Caballero is also training well and playing pretty well. Made some decent saves against Bayern Munich.
“I have competition there, but I will decide as we go. That’s why I am very strong on how you train and turn up every day is pivotal on how you are as a Chelsea player.
“I have read a lot of false articles, probably guessing on players.