Kepa Arrizabalaga has reportedly planned to stay and fight for his place under Frank Lampard despite Chelsea’s reported plan to bring in a new goalkeeper.
According to a report from the Telegraph, the 25-year-old is prepared to stay beyond summer and is determined to make a success of himself at Stamford Bridge.
The report also mentioned Chelsea’s plan to submit a second bid for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after having their first bid turned down by the Ligue 1 side.
The club’s record transfer fee still has five years left in his contract with Chelsea and the club’s technical and performance advisor Petr Cech has recently said they have not given up on Arrizabalaga, although he also admitted a new goalkeeper could be on the cards this summer.
The situations could change, the Telegraph’s report added, if a club makes an attractive offer for Arrizabalaga, but given the current pandemic financial climate and the fact that Chelsea would want to recoup, at least partially, the £71.6million they paid for the Spain international two years ago.
Arrizabalaga was dropped, for the second time, in the last few games of last season including in decisive games against Wolves in the Premier League and Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
While Willy Caballero has extended his contract for another year, the Argentina international will turn 39 in a few weeks and although he would still make an excellent back-up, Lampard would surely want another option for the first-choice goalkeeper.