Gary Neville reveals why Kepa’s case is different from that of De Gea

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Kepa Arrizabalaga is in a very precarious situation at Chelsea. Chelsea paid a stunning £71.6m fee to sign up the Spaniard from Athletic Bilbao, as the Blues beat the world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Two seasons after, Kepa has failed to justify his hefty price tag, and his performances last season even compounded his woes, as all the stats were against him.

Kepa’s situation has been likened to that of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, who has been struggling for the past two seasons with Manchester United, and United have decided to call upon Dean Henderson from his loan spell.

Speaking about Kepa’s situation, Manchester United legend Gary Neville has insisted that Chelsea should go on to sign a new goalkeeper, and that De Gea has been magnificent in previous years for the club, which makes his case different from Kepa’s.

Discussing the situation with Stadium Astro, Gary Neville said: “Lampard will act, he’s [Kepa] not settled at all at Chelsea and he’s not been particularly good.

“David de Gea has been good at United for five or six years so I think he deserves more credit and more of a chance because he has come through a difficult early period but then he was world-class for four of five seasons and was Manchester United’s player of the year.

“Kepa is struggling at Chelsea and I don’t think Frank Lampard fancies him.”

Gary Neville added: “The problem they’ve got is that they spent £70m on him which is just an enormous amount of money and they won’t get that back.

“Frank Lampard has left him out now numerous times so he’s not hidden the fact that he doesn’t quite like the way he’s performing so they’ve got a real challenge with the acquisition.

“I think Kepa’s said he’s fighting for his spot. We’ll see what happens but I know the manager doesn’t like him.”

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