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The case of Kepa Arrizabalaga is one that has different schools of thoughts. Chelsea signed the Spaniard from Athletic Bilbao as a world record signing for a goalkeeper, with the Blues having to pay almost £72m for his signature.
Two years on, Kepa has failed to convince for the club, with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard keen on a replacement.
Lampard had to depend on second choice goalie Willy Caballero towards the end of last season, and will be looking for a top goalkeeper for next season. However, it won’t be easy to just relegate Kepa to the bench or sell him off due to his price and also wages, and his lack of form last season was extraordinary.
Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf has given his take on this matter, and insists that Kepa must be sold as he said that not only does the manager not trust him, his teammates and even the fans don’t have confidence in his ability.
“It’s a real problem, he was very inconsistent last season and I think he has to go,” the French World Cup winner told ESPN FC.
“The fans, the coach, have lost confidence about his performances and maybe the centre-halves also felt the pressure.
“When you’re a centre-half or a full-back, you need to have a comfortable presence behind you where you know that if you’re in danger the guy’s going to be behind you, saving you, which wasn’t the case last season.
“So I think he has to go, but they have to find another one. It’s crucial for Chelsea to find a solution.”