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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola was assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri two years ago, and they signed up Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world record fee for a goalkeeper, as the Spaniard was signed for a fee of £72m from Athletic Bilbao.
However, Kepa has struggled under Frank Lampard since last season, and the Blues boss has given up on the young goalkeeper, who has faced relentless criticisms from fans and pundits.
Lampard recently confirmed that new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is his first choice goalkeeper at the club, thus making making Kepa second choice.
Zola has revealed his surprise to how low Kepa has fallen, and he admitted that the 26-year-old is a good goalkeeper with lots of potential.
“I’m very surprised,” Zola told talkSPORT.
“I know he is very young and he came to Chelsea for big money and that is a big burden to carry on your shoulders, and in a way this is probably affecting him.
“I could understand a little bit of difficulty, but this is going beyond what was expected and it surprised me. And I am sorry for the boy because he is a good boy and a good goalkeeper
“He has to pick himself up and do what he can do and show people he is different, because I believe he has got potential.”