Despite remaining fairly tight-lipped, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard refused to definitely rule out Kepa Arrizabalaga leaving during the January transfer window.
The Blues host League Two opposition Morecambe on Sunday in the FA Cup third round, where plenty of changes to the starting XI can be expected.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa is one of several individuals that will be desperate for minutes, as the last game he played was 8 December in a Champions League group stage match with Krasnodar.
The 26-year-old has lost his starting position to summer signing Edouard Mendy, meaning he’s played just four times across all competitions so far this season.
His first season with the club was fairly successful after a £71million (BBC) switch from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
But last season the Spanish shot-stopper made a catalogue of individual errors to force the club into signing a new goalkeeper and he’s now currently sat on the sidelines.
Lampard was fairly hesitant about Kepa’s future when asked on Friday about it, but refused to rule out a potential departure.
“At the moment he’s our player and I think the situation is clear, [Mendy] has come in and has been playing pretty much regularly as the number one for us,” Lampard said in his press conference, as quoted by the 5th Stand app (1:45pm, 8 January).
“With Kepa when he has come in, the latter Champions League game, he did well. He’s trained well, he’s trained really well and his attitude around the place has been brilliant.
“He’s our player. We will see how January goes, but I certainly don’t want to be alluding to what might or might not be.”
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Lampard certainly gave a hint with his latest comments on Kepa, so it’ll be intriguing to see if the next few weeks of the January window Chelsea can find a possible suitor.
It looks like the club may end up taking a massive hit on the £70million-plus they forked out for him, but for the meantime they should try find him a loan destination to try help him get his confidence back.
He’s someone that can go from spectacular to shocking during a game with a moment of madness and being low on confidence is a shocking trait for a goalkeeper.