Former Chelsea goalkeeper warns Lampard about signing a replacement for Kepa

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has issued a warning to Frank Lampard about bringing a new goalkeeper to the Premier League.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a summer transfer for a new shot-stopper this summer.

AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Ajax’s Andre Onana are among those who have been tipped as the potential replacement for Kepa Arizzabalaga.

Kepa’s relatively poor display this season triggered Lampard’s decision to bench him for six consecutive games before the 25-year-old claiming the number one spot back for the last two games.

Bosnich who made five appearances from Chelsea before his infamous sacking after he failed a drug test has warned Lampard about signing a replacement for Kepa.

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Bosnich told Goal: “I thought being a goalkeeper was the same as any position that if you are not playing well, then it is understandable that someone else comes in.

“With Kepa, it is a little bit different because of the price tag that surrounds him but it wasn’t Frank Lampard who bought him. It was somebody else.

“It is completely understandable as a manager if someone is not doing it for you at a big club you think somewhere else.

“There are stories around about Donnarumma or Onana but with any goalkeeper you talk about purchasing, especially from abroad, there’s nothing like playing the position in England.”

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Bosnich believes the Premier League poses a different challenge compared to other leagues, saying: “There are more physical challenges on the crosses that you get in England than anywhere else in the world. You have to be careful.”

He also thinks that given time, Kepa could get to the level of Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois for Chelsea.

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