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Kepa Arrizabalaga made a world-record £71 million move from Athletic Bilbao to Stamford Bridge in 2018, but the 25-year-old has struggled to replace his predecessors at the club.
Over the years, Chelsea have had top goalkeepers like Carlo Cudicini, Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois man the post, but Kepa has struggled in his two-year stay so far at the club and Blues boss Frank Lampard is believed to be keen to sign a new goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea goalkeeper Kevin Hitchcock, who spent ten years at the club believes that Kepa’s hefty price tag is putting him under undue pressure and has urged that the young goalkeeper will keep improving if not put under undue pressure and must be allowed to enjoy his game.
“Chelsea have been lucky to have Carlo Cudicini, Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois for years,” Hitchcock told Goal. “They’re finding it a little bit difficult to replace these top-quality goalkeepers.
“The goalkeeper they’ve got at the moment is young and have a £71m price tag around his neck – he’s not having it easy. Every mistake you make is magnified into a big one. I would let him play and find a way to enjoy it.
“If you put the guy under so much pressure then it isn’t easy for him to be free – let him do what he’s good at and I think he will be okay.
“He’s still just 25. He’s young and he’s going to make mistakes. He just needs to only make mistakes that don’t cost Chelsea games. That’s the goal for any ‘keeper.”