Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga said he still has Frank Lampard’s confidence despite having recently been left out of the team.
The football postponement came at an unfortunate moment for the 25-year-old, who had just claimed his number one spot back when the global pandemic put football on ice.
His heroics and back-to-back clean sheets helped Chelsea win over Liverpool and Everton in their last two games.
For six consecutive matches prior to that, however, Kepa was on the sidelines as Willy Caballero stood between the sticks.
Speculation about his fallout with Lampard started circulating but Kepa has now cleared up the matter.
Speaking to Marca, Kepa insisted his relationship with Lampard “is very good”.
He added: “He has shown me confidence from the first moment. He must make decisions, but I feel I have his confidence, both his and that of the whole club. We all like to play in every game.”
About the dip in performance, Kepa said: “We play 50 or 60 games a year and it is difficult to stay on the same level.
“The important thing is to be very clear about the objective, to work and put everything into improving. There may be obstacles along the way, but when you have a clear objective, it is easier.
“The only thing that can be done, in these cases, is to take it professionally, respectfully and work harder to turn it around.”
Chelsea might still need to bring in a new goalkeeper this summer, since Caballero has now entered the final months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Ajax’s Andre Onana, who has declared his intention to leave the Eredivisie this summer (AD), is among those linked to Chelsea.