Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been urged to stick with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao for £71million in 2018 but could leave the club this summer after falling out of favour with Lampard.
“It usually happens, these things with star signings… Many times, they depend on the results of the team and not the personal side,” Former Bilbao goalkeeper Imanol Etxeberria told Mundo Deportivo.
“It’s a bit of the team’s inertia, if you get good results, everything goes more unnoticed. And, if it is the other way around, they start looking at you with a magnifying glass, they question everything, the weird questions start. What happens to this man, what is not happening to him…?
“Kepa has amply demonstrated at Athletic, in the Spanish team and in his first year at Chelsea that he is a guaranteed goalkeeper, of a high level.
“But I don’t know, you have to be there within the team and know the information that the coach uses to make those decisions. From the outside, we can only express our opinion by what we see.
“From what I know Kepa, he is a very high-level goalkeeper. Whoever plays ahead of Kepa has to be doing very, very, very well.
“And I don’t think it was the case at Chelsea, that Caballero was far above Kepa’s level.
“What happens is that sometimes the coach decides, they are tastes, moments, but Kepa has quality and will continue to show it for sure.”