Kepa wants to fight

The Spaniard seemed destined to leave Chelsea, but the latest moves encourage him to stay and regain Lampard's confidence.

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A quick glance at Frank Lampard's last two great eleven highlights the English coach's loss of confidence in his, a priori, starting goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga. Willy Caballero was in goal in the FA Cup final against Arsenal (2-1 loss) and in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Bayern (4-1 for the Germans). The names to replace Spanish as number '1' blue have been a constant: Jan Oblak, Dean Henderson, André Onana and, lately, with Edouard Mendy, from Rennes. Kepa had assumed that the best thing was to change of scene. However, the ondarrés has repaired his relationship with Lampard and, given the team's defensive improvement, he wants to stay and fight, according to The Sun.

Chelsea has spent 156 million euros in the current market and they have strengthened both the offensive (Ziyech and Werner) and the defensive (Chilwell and Thiago Silva). And it is the arrival of the latter two who have given the Spanish confidence to fight and have faith in strengthening the London rear. In addition, the next to arrive will be, if nothing goes wrong at the last minute, Kai Havertz, in exchange for € 100 M (including variables), so that another large outlay to replace Kepa would be complicated.

The 58 goals conceded in 41 games (1.41 per game) seemed to sentence the former Athletic club, for whom The Sun slides that Chelsea wanted to obtain more than 55 million euros. However, just two years ago, our protagonist became the most expensive goalkeeper in history, € 80 million to Athletic through, and one of the best paid in the world (about 170,000 euros per week). A difficult amount to recover, given the level shown at the end of the season and the belt adjustment of the teams due to the financial crisis derived from COVID-19.

Objective: to return to the top

On the other hand, we must not forget that he is a 25-year-old player, international with Spain and whose highest level places him among the best goalkeepers in the world. It is his and Lampard's job to regain confidence and to once again be the player who earned the most expensive goalkeeper tag in history. At the moment, Kepa played 45 minutes in his team's draw in a friendly against Brighton (1-1). It is time to recover sensations and fight for the position that, a few months ago, nobody argued with him.



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