Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has insisted he maintains a “very good” relationship with manager Frank Lampard, despite getting dropped in favour of number two Willy Caballero earlier this season.
The Spaniard has had a disappointing campaign for the Blues, coming in for criticism after making a series of high profile blunders.
Caballero replaced Kepa in between the sticks for four straight Premier League fixtures, before the 25-year-old was recalled for the 4-0 win over Everton.
As a result of Kepa’s struggles, Chelsea are said to be on the lookout for a replacement and the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Dean Henderson and Andre Onana have all been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has opened up about his relationship with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard
Despite talk that Lampard is ready to get rid of Kepa, the £75m man has claimed his manager still has faith in him as Chelsea’s number one.
Speaking to Spanish outlet Marca, Kepa said: “The only thing you can do, in those cases, is to take it professionally, with respect and work more to turn it around. The relationship with Frank is very good.
Kepa also shed light on his refusal to be substituted in last season’s Carabao Cup final
“I have been shown confidence from the outset. He must make decisions, but I feel I have his confidence, both his and the whole club. We all like to play all the time.”
In the same interview, Kepa shed some light on his high-profile clash with former boss Maurizio Sarri, when he refused to be substituted during last season’s Carabao Cup final.
“It was a confusion; I did not want to undermine him,” Kepa revealed. “He thought I was not in a position to continue; I said it was okay… But there was a quick discussion the next day in the dressing room, and it was settled.
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