Kepa Arrizabalaga to quit Chelsea over broken promises from Frank Lampard
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is prepared to quit the club this summer after losing his spot as No.1.
The Spain international has flopped this season at Stamford Bridge and cost the Blues points over the winter period especially.
It led to manager Frank Lampard axing the club’s £72m record signing and opting for veteran shot-stopper Willy Caballero in goal instead.
The 38-year-old Argentinian, who joined Chelsea on a free transfer when his time with Manchester City came to an end, has started the last five games.
Kepa’s last appearance came way back on January 21 at home to Arsenal in their 2-2 draw.
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Caballero has since deputised in goal in the 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win at Hull, their three Premier League matches against Leicester, Manchester United and Tottenham, and on Tuesday when Chelsea lost 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
It remains to be seen whether Kepa will be used today at the Vitality Stadium as Chelsea take on Bournemouth in the Premier League (3pm).
But Kepa appears to have already made a call over his future and will look to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
The Sun say he will walk away from Chelsea if his situation does not improve under Lampard.
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Kepa penned a six-year contract in August 2018 when he arrived from Athletic Bilbao and believes he has a ‘verbal understanding’ he would be first choice.
The 25-year-old does not feel he has been supported by the club or Lampard during his dip in form.
And his dreams of playing for Spain at Euro 2020 are being damaged too, with United’s David de Gea likely to be prioritised ahead of him as things stand.
Kepa also has concerns over being priced out of a move away from Chelsea given how much the club paid for him less than two years ago.
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Lampard has a big decision to make over when, if at all, he will reintroduce Kepa to the team.
Chelsea, who look set to exit the Champions League at the round of 16 stage after their drubbing from Bayern in west London, sit fourth in the Premier League table.
The Blues are just three points clear of United with 11 games to play, although a win at relegation-threatened Bournemouth would move them to within three points of third-placed Leicester.
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